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Mr Mumbles (Invisible Fiends) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD

4.7 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (7 Jan. 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0007346050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007346059
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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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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This book is destined to be one of the most borrowed in the school library - because I will be recommending it to all our boys, I'm so sure they will enjoy it. It's action packed and 'grabs' you from the very start, and is a roller coaster ride of thrills right to the end. Wonderfully imaginative concept and I can't wait to read the following books in the series. Glad I didn't have an imaginary friend as a child, otherwise I would be looking around warily every time I set foot outside my front door!
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By Sassy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2011
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Kyle has a mother who doesn't believe a word he says, a forgetful nan in a home and a father he has never seen. It's no wonder Kyle was troubled as a child and made up an imaginary friend, a father figure, to keep him company.

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.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2010
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First in a series of scary novels for younger readers. Ideally aged about 8 or up.

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.
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What an incredible book. Full of mystery, suspense and kept me and the children in my classes on the edge of our seats. I have read this book to two different Primary school classes now, one as low as P5 and they utterly love it. Barry even came to our school in Edinburgh to talk to the children about writing and reading and inspired them so much. At one point in the story, without spoilers, a very descriptive scene of Mr Mumbles opening his mouth made a P7 girl faint! The next day however both her and her parents were keen to find out the conclusion of the book. Brilliant!

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!
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Watch out for imaginary friends coming back to haunt you!! Literally for Kyle. When his imaginary friend comes back years later and is definitely Not as nice as he used to be! Mr Mumbles is coming after Kyle with a vengeance and only Kyle can stop him. Setting in motion a chain of events that could see the world burn!
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Mr Mumbles is the ultimate horror villain - if you're old enough, think Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers all rolled into one. If you are not old enough to know what I am talking about then ask your parents. He lurks in the deepest depths of your childhood memories, just waiting for you to remember him. Just waiting for you to open that doorway to let him back into your life..... with a vengeance! And when he does come back, whatever you throw at him, however much you might try to hurt him, he will shrug it all off in a seemingly indestructible manner and he will chase you to the ends of the earth... or even worse - to Hell and back!

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.
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