Measle and the Wrathmonk, by Ian Ogilvy (24 October)

This is another of the books on my What Should William Read? list, and I am much more likely to get this one. It is pretty cute.

The story: Measle Stubbs lives in a creepy old house with his creepy old guardian, Basil Tramplebone, who is allegedly distantly related to him and is therefore able to “take care of” (read: steal a bunch of money from) Measle when the kid’s parents die. But that’s all in the past; Measle is used to living with Basil but pretty much hates it, except for the times when he gets to watch Basil play with his super-awesome train set in the attic. One day, Measle decides he wants to play with it himself, tricks Basil out of the house, and heads upstairs. But before he can have too much fun, Basil returns and, very surprisingly, shrinks Measle down to half an inch and tells him he can play in Basil’s train set all he wants now. Creepy? A little. Measle soon discovers that some of the other people in the model village are also real, and together they decide to break out of there.

So. Yes. Cute! There are a few (or a lot of) things that are kind of contrived, but it’s a kid’s book and it’s fun and I don’t really care. 🙂 This is a definite maybe on my gift list.

Rating: 7/10
(Countdown Challenge: 2004)

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