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Slightly heavy going for younger readers (7-10),
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This is a young adult fantasy novel of 464 pages. Once upon a time, a spell went very wrong - and Joe Jefferson found himself transported to Muddle Earth, where the wizards are mad, the pink stinky hogs are stinky, and the jokes are truly terrible. Now, two years later, Muddle Earth needs him back, but even with his Wellies of Power, Woolly Gloves of Determination and a saucepan on his head, the challenge facing Joe Jefferson is to defeat the terrifying spectre of evil that threatens to destroy Muddle Earth. An epic battle between the forces of good, evil and everything in between ensues.
My 8 year old daughter took a long time to read this book, and on reflection I think it is better suited to a slightly older age - at least 10 or thereabouts. Joe Jefferson is an ordinary schoolboy (of indeterminate age) whose older sister Ella falls in love with a vampire. Problems are caused by ogres, flower fairies, talking trees and other fantastical creatures. Joe and Ella need to find a wardrobe-cum-portal to get back home from Muddle Earth, but Ella wants to take her vampire boyfriend with her.
There are blatant 'inspirations' from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, although I suspect this is an openly acknowledged homage to the ideas of C S Lewis in the form of a comedy spoof rather than any attempt at plagiarism. As a story it is probably equally suited to boys and girls, but it's a long book even by adult standards and younger children may struggle with it. It has its funny moments but it didn't get my daughter raving about it, I think she read it out of a sense of obligation and took only a modest degree of pleasure out of it.