Author: Abi Elphinstone
Age Classification: Middle Grade
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: July 1, 2019
Rumblestar is the story of 11-year-old Casper Tock who lives by his timetables and to-do lists until he accidentally finds himself in Rumblestar, an Unmapped Kingdom full of magical people and creatures. With the help of a girl called Utterly Thankless and her miniature dragon, Arlo, Casper must find his courage if this trio of unlikely heroes have any chance of saving both the Unmapped Kingdoms and the world we live in from Morg and her Midnights.
Casper is a little boy who does not fit in at his school full of rich children and two bullies have made sure Casper is both miserable and friendless. When he hides from one of the bullies in a grandfather clock, Casper finds himself in an unfamiliar world with a bossy and not-very-nice girl and the fate of both their worlds on his shoulders.
Utterly is not the most pleasant of characters, but her heart is in the right place. She acts as the travel guide, letting both Casper and the reader know the what, where, why, who and how. However, it is Utterly’s loyal miniature dragon that stole my heart. I dare you to read this book and not fall in love with Arlo.
Rumblestar sounds like a magical place and the different characters and creatures were fascinating. Each area within Rumblestar is unique and beautiful in its own way, even the Damp Squib where the Drizzle Hags reside. The adventure element was brilliant; thrilling enough to captivate readers of all ages. It was all wonderfully written, included many words of wisdom and really showed that anyone can be a hero.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
If you enjoyed travelling through the wardrobe to Narnia and have been looking for something similar, you should add Rumblestar to your TBR. Great for you and a good one to share with your kids.
Will you be jumping in a grandfather clock and entering the world of Rumblestar?
Have you come across a Narnia/Rumblestar-like world in any other novels?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time bibliophiles!