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The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  487 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Ten-year-old Persimmony Smudge lives a boring life on the Island in the Middle of Everything, but she longs for adventure. And she soon gets it when she overhears a life-altering secret and suddenly finds herself in the middle of an amazing journey. It turns out that Mount Majestic, the rising and falling mountain in the center of the island, is not really a mountain - it' ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Puffin (first published October 25th 2010)
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Persimmony Smudge can't help but march to a different saxophone.. er... accordion... Well, you get the idea. To the rote and unimaginative, she's an odd little girl with the vexing inclinations of an explorer or even (gasp) an artist. Yet her unwillingness to conform to the mundane ultimately leads her on a grand journey of redemption.

Trafton's writing voice is vibrant. She brings the levity and wit of Lemony Snicket into a story less dolorous but equally rousing. Her craftsmanship is creative a
I'm seriously going to name a kid Persimmony... Such a pleasant change of pace from the sour and gloomy fantasy books that seem so available these days. I like a good dystopia too, but it's harder to find something this light and comical that still carries insight about human nature and difficult choices. The book is a physical delight as well - kudos to publishers who make a book worth having on the shelf for years.
I'm always on the lookout for a fun, lighthearted book. I knew I wanted to read The Rise and Fall of Mt. Majestic when I first heard about it on Andrew Peterson's Rabbit Room website. The recommendations at The Rabbit Room have always panned out for me and resulted in some very enjoyable reads and new favorite authors. To my surprise I won a copy on a Good Reads' contest that Jennifer Trafton (the author) was holding. The book arrived a few days later and I dug right in.

I'll start by saying that
The Winter Rose
This was just what I was lookig for - lighthearted, cute and whimsical. It reminded me alot of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and not just because it featured the same illustrator, but the tone and Voice was very similar. Perhaps a little too similar. In a way, I almost felt like the author was trying a little too hard to write like Lemony Snickett. But it is something I can look past because it was a fun story and I enjoyed reading it (and I happen to be a fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events ...more
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

Heroic adventures can start in so many different ways. They can start with prophesies and magical destinies, or they can start with something as simple as the wind blowing away your hat while you trek through the forest. This is how the adventures of Persimmony Smudge begin in The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton. They begin with such a simple act of losing her hat, but they continue on, leading her into a face-off with a poison-tongued jumping to
Brittany Perry
Excellent for a first novel of a new and promising career. The book reminds me of the world of Foo by Obert Skye. I would love to see a book two by this new author. It was an excellent book to share with your little ones but I found it to be a funny and humorous read as well. Perhaps a new Rowling is about to appear for the novel certainly has its own world and its own rules. I do hope that this author writes another book. I really want to know if the main character's father returns.
Carin Meerdink
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, especially since I was surprised how much I disliked two books by the author's husband. This book could not be much more different than Fiddler's Gun (see review) and Fiddler's Green. This is a lovely book for children, a very imaginative tale with nothing that made me squirm when I thought about my daughter reading it. The illustrations are dazzling in their detail, and Jennifer Trafton has a wonderful gift of stringing together words in a whimsi ...more
Devon Flaherty
The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, by Jennifer Trafton and published in 2011 by Puffin Books. Illustrated by Brett Hellquist.

So, this book has great reviews. On Amazon, it maintains five stars. On Goodreads, four. The truth is, I want to give it at least four stars, but I just don’t think I can. While Mount Majestic is creative, lighthearted, playful (with language and story), and fun, it is also–oh, I so hate to say it–half-baked.

At first, I thought I was going to absolutely love this book. T
Loved it! A perfect mix of silly and delightful with excellent gems of wisdom thrown in. Plus the illustrations are oh-so-lovely. A highlight for me was the first chapter. I love it when, after just those first few pages, you feel so comfortable with the narrator and are just excited to snuggle in and keep going. This one joins my list of "Awesome First Chapters That Make Me Want to Read More." (That's an elite group.)
The story rides on a tidal wave of whimsy. At times, the narration is too cute by far, but the story is so brisk and delightful that it's hard to resist.
Just the right amount of nonsense with sense, adventure and reconciliation (it is an island, after all!)
My front runner for the newbery this year. Great adventure, love the art work, I highly recommend.
Oh this book. This insanely zany, strange little book! I will be thinking about you for days, smiling to myself, rolling my eyes, and pondering the meaning of life all at once. My wonderful sister lent this one to me and it is so perfectly her. She is all of the above mentioned things too. Super deep and kinda silly rolled into one person and I love her for it.

Now on to the book- seriously the plot is kinda funny and almost dumb. It follows one particular gal named Persimmony Smudge who is 10 an
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4.5 stars

I didn't know a thing about The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic when I started reading it, so I was a bit surprised at what the story ends up being about(in a good way). Persimmony Smudge has broken her family's Giving Pot(a pot that provides what you NEED, not want), so she heads to the woods to get another one. Little did she know that this would be the start of quite an adventure in trying to save her entire island! I'm also a bit surprised that Persimmony wasn't my favorite characte
Very solid kid-lit and also entirely wacked. If I didn't know better, I would assume that Trafton was imbibing something hallucinatory. It's got a bit of that Alice in Wonderland quality to it where everything is just slightly . . . off. But unlike Alice in Wonderland there's actually a plot.

The plot goes something like this: There's this island that's called "The Island at the Center of Everything," and an obnoxious boy king who, because he lives at the center of the Island of the Center of Eve
This was such a fun, whimsical little book! I bought it mostly for the gorgeous illustrations by Brett Helquist, but I was pleasantly surprised. I tend to get overwhelmed going in books if there are too many characters or, in this case, types of creatures. I started to feel that way at the very beginning, but things quickly smoothed out and unlike other books, here it's very easy to keep track of the Leafeaters, the Rumblebumps, etc. The writing style and tone of the book was lovely...sort of re ...more
Michael Jones
this book is fiction, but it's not a fairytale! What I mean by that is that the main character, Persimmony, goes through many difficulties and doesn't end up in a perfect world either. This book was very inspiring for my 4, 7 and 11-year-olds as we read it together.

It was great for them to imagine a giant under the mountain and the pencil sketches are wonderful! My four-year-old wanted to keep going back and look at the drawings and they added immensely to his understanding of the story!

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It is not very unusual to become lost in the woods on a stormy night, but for a young girl named Persimmony Smudge, it is these very circumstances that lift her out of an ordinary life and set her on a path to adventure. Life on the Island at the Center of Everything is as predictable as the daily rise and fall of the prominent Mount Majestic, so the revelation that there may be a sleeping giant underneath the island - a giant whose awakening would mean certain destruction - calls for Persimmony ...more
What a fantastical tale! There is much silliness surrounding the nut of the story... being kind to others, obeying and knowing when to disobey, trust, learning to accept each others differences, learning to face ones fears, overcoming self doubt, greed will only bring you harm, rising above and let sleeping giants lay. Several times I snickered and thought - oh my niece will love this story! A fun light read which is geared I think toward the 10 - 12 year old ages.
Persimmony Smudge, a plucky young girl, head-strong though she is, leads her friends, Worvil the worrier, and Guafnoggle, the Rumblebump on an adventure to warn the inhabitants of Mount Majestic (especially clueless King Lucas, the Lofty) that their mountain isn't really a mountain at all, but a giant sleeping peacefully, who must not, under any circumstances, be woken. Waking the giant would surely mean the end of their peaceful little island and all that they know and love. Persimmony, upon he ...more
In The Rise And Fall Of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton 10 year old Persimmony Smudge dreams of adventures and a life bigger than her daily drudgery of sweeping the house. Lucky for her she just so happens to over hear a secret that will lead to her having adventures! The safe and wonderful Island At The Center Of Everything is not so safe and wonderful. In fact, Mount Majestic, where boy king Lucas The Lofty lives in his castle is right on top of a sleeping giant! Oh noes!! It’s on Persimmon ...more
Molly Westerman
Another great find from our family's hectic scan-the-library's-shelves-and-grab-books routine. This one is a quirky fantasy adventure with a spunky girl hero, various mythical races with strange group characteristics (the childlike, romping Rumblebumps, the somber, ceremony-bound Leafeaters), and lots of silly wordplay and prophecy in verse. However, it has real depth and avoids feeling clichéd, in part by having some fairly unusual and interesting characters--including a loving mother who's qui ...more
Persimmony Smudge has learned an earth-shaking secret--literally. Their peaceful little island has a sleeping giant underneath it. A giant who must not be woken up--because what will happen if he tries to sit up or something? Unfortunately, hardly anyone is willing to believe her--just an annoying girl--and various excavations and other giant-waking projects are moving forward. With the help of Worvil the Worrier, a wise potter, and perhaps some very good luck, she sets out to prove the truth... ...more
Favorite bits:
"And the poor overburdened donkey, evidently knowing that the benefits of obeying her master far outweighed the risk of a bruised rear end, used good business sense and trotted as quickly as her wobbly legs would carry her..." (accompanied by a wonderful illustration of said poor donkey)

"Guafnoggle answered through his sobs, overwhelmed with grief and completely choked up with punctuation. 'Wouldn't, you? Be dead...if! you were; torn (in) half?' he said. 'Everything is so: fragile.
Found this book on sale at my bookstore so I bought it because Brett Helquist illustrated it. About halfway through I had to quit reading it. I just had no interest in the storyline and found almost all of the characters to be extremely annoying.
Carl Nelson
I checked out The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic from my library based on a few impulse criteria: the author is local, the illustrations were neat, and it is a clever title. The book is moderately enjoyable, with quite a bit of silliness (which sometimes tries too hard to be cute and Alice in Wonderland-y). Jennifer Trafton's dialog and Brett Helquist's illustrations are the strengths of the book, along with its light-hearted charm. The plot trods a fine line between witty and overly silly, oft ...more
A great young readers adventure, that made for fantastic airplane reading. The characters are lovable and honest, and the story flows well on the whimsical island that is not so different from the real world.
Clara Beth
This was a fantasy book, and it had a lot of made up creatures. I liked how the main character, Persimmony, had such a boring life in the beginning. And then she ended up saving the whole island. I also love how the author played around with words. It was very creative and fun. This is now one of my new favorite books.
And now for something completely different! It's silly and unpredictable and some people learn lessons. I can see it being a great hit for older elementary school children.
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I am a writer, editor, art lover, daughter of teachers, sister of musicians & actors, adoring dog owner, and incurable chocolate addict. My first novel for children, The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, will be published in December 2010.
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