Mr Mumbles (Invisible Fiends) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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About the Author
Barry Hutchison hails from the Highlands of Scotland, where he spends time writing screenplays, comics and scary children's books. He is in his early thirties -- but on a good day could easily pass for mid-forties -- and lives happily with his long-term partner and young son. He is tall -- but not like the BFG or that -- and likes seafood, comics and Elvis, though not necessarily in that order.
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But when he hears scratching noises in the attic above his bedroom, and a girl around his age called Ameena later comes to his rescue, it's clear that someone from his past is out to kill him. Could it be that his invisible friend, Mr Mumbles is back and even uglier and meaner than ever? And do both his mother and nan know more than they are letting on about Kyle's past?
For a kids book I found this an enjoyable read, although I do feel that being the first in a series the meat of the story is yet to come. The idea of a world named 'The Darkest Corners' where the neglected and forgotten ghosts of the past hang out, is pretty cool and I loved the scary Keller house next door - but we only touched lightly on these and I know there must be more to look forward to. An enjoyable and scary read that will keep your kids reading under the covers all night long, and possibly scared to turn the lights out, too.
It runs for 256 pages of relatively large print and is divided into twenty chapters.
It's the story of Kyle. An ordinary boy. His father is no longer around and his mother doesnt like it when Kyle asks for information about him. And his nan has dementia so she's not easy to talk to.
Kyle once had an imaginary friend who he called Mr. Mumbles. But having outgrown that phase of his life he barely remembers him now.
Until the day when Mr. Mumbles reappears. And he's no longer quite as nice as he used to be. Kyle and a girl called Ameena who is new to the area have to fight to survive.
And Kyle will find out a few things about his past in the process...
The story is relatively complete in itself but the book sets itself up for further works in the series. It tries to be scary and it suceeds very well at that, although the parts where scary things like records getting stuck at ominous points are more so than those when Kyle is being pursued by Mr. Mumbles.
But this is the kind of thing that will appeal to children who want a scary read. Although it may be a bit much for some.
The plot does hint at bigger things going on here, and this will clearly be followed up in further works in the series. The chapter of the next volume is presented at the end of this one. On the basis of all this, it might be worth a look.
Great stuff. I cant get enough of Barry's books, great guy, great books. Can't wait to start reading it to my new class next term, they'll love it!
The kids/YA horror genre seems to be having a bit of a renaissance this year. I have already read several outstanding books in this genre that are due to be released in 2010 and Mr Mumbles is yet another outstanding addition to this list. Some horror stories go out of their way to appear bloody and gory - literature's version of a slasher movie - but Mr Mumbles hits you on a psychological level. There is very little blood in the story - the horror comes from the relentlessness of Mr Mumbles' attacks, and the fact that his creation began many years ago in Kyle's past, when he started off as a harmless imaginary friend. Many children had some form of imaginary friend when they when younger, but did you ever wonder what happened to them once that child grew up and forgot about them?
In this story Barry Hutchison also delivers some great characters. Aside from Kyle, there is also the fearless, and slightly mysterious, Ameena who appears on the scene to aid Kyle in his quest to escape/destroy Mr Mumbles.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found a hard copy of this at a local charity shop and picked it up for £0.30p. It was a great little read and I would wholeheartedly recommend it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dovekitten
Need to read this book for all those readers who log a bit of excitement while reading but not for the faint hearted!Believe me!Plus only read this at night if u have a brave heartPublished 17 months ago by Will Ross
This was a very interesting story to read as it is both gripping and chilling. It was written in a very clever way and is perfect for anyone who likes a good horror story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by FigureSkatingSuperStar
Mr Mumbles is the best horror story I have ever read. I'm nine years old and this is also the first horror story I've read. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ross McIntyre