Author Eben Mishkin has carefully woven a universe where magic is accepted yet lies just below the surface. The characters come across as the everydayAuthor Eben Mishkin has carefully woven a universe where magic is accepted yet lies just below the surface. The characters come across as the everyday Joe, not would-be heroes or even underdogs thrust into greatness. That subtlety is what grabbed hold of me as a reader and pulled me in. I became invested in them not because of the story but because of their flaws and weaknesses.
The story revolves around Zephyr and James as they attempt to rescue heiress Helena Lawson and stop Kenton Dean. James, a former sorcerer's apprentice must not only fight through a magical world of horror and fantasy but against his only failings as a magician. James teams up with Zephyr, an unlikely partner full of self-doubt as a psychic medium. There is fantasy, horror, comedy and urgency as the two navigate a world just beyond our grasp.
Can't wait to read more from this author.
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A children's book doesn't have to be about cuddly teddy bears or happy-go-lucky toys to be wonderful and sweet. I have three kids ranging in age fromA children's book doesn't have to be about cuddly teddy bears or happy-go-lucky toys to be wonderful and sweet. I have three kids ranging in age from three to thirteen years old. I have a slightly twisted sense of humor which has been passed down to my kids, either by genetics or parenting I do not know. I fell in love with this book and made sure my brood delighted in the story much the same. I may have been a bit overzealous in my presentation to each of them, especially the thirteen year old, but I found them all asking to see it again, days later, even the problematic teenager who is usually more excited over video games and which girl in History class commented on his Instagram than anything I could possibly throw at him. THAT alone warrants a five star rating.
I'm not done yet. The illustrations are stellar. Kudos to Brian Allen for capturing every grotesque detail down to the Never-tagged raven atop the Moore family mailbox. Each page presented new disgustingly cute details that could be pondered over time and time again. This may be the only book in existence that could feature a toddler with an exposed brain that elicits a, "ahh cute!" from my three year old daughter. Again, let me make this abundantly clear, I have a twisted sense of humor that has been handed down to my children.
Not only is 'The Search for Gargoy' wrapped with fascinating and beautiful illustrations, the story within is as much a gift as the visual. We follow Baby Zom as she searches for her lost toy, Gargoy. Along the way she is assisted by the entire Moore clan from her older brother, Kamper, to her sugar sweet sister, Gothina and the family genius, Broheimer. We can't forget Mombie Moore and Pop, the matriarch and patriarch of this lovable clan. The attention to detail is astounding. No matter how many times I read the book to my daughter, aptly born on Halloween herself, I find something new before I reach the last page. I don't want to give away anything because the discovery is half the fun. Wendy Knuth has created a heartfelt tale that's both sweet and cute... about zombies... for kids and adults of all ages... about zombies.
When I was in junior high, my English teacher gave me a children's book titled, "Slugs" by David Greenberg. I didn't think it possible for another book to come along and replace this as my most beloved children's story. I was so wrong. I will be giving copies of 'The Search for Gargoy' as gifts for years to come.
If you love Halloween, buy this book. If you love zombies, buy this book. If you have kids, buy this book. If you have a dark sense of humor, buy this book. If you are still reading this, what are you waiting for? Buy this book!
(The reviewer received a free copy of 'Moore Zombies - The Search for Gargoy' in return for an unbiased review)...more