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The Ifs Return (The Ifs series, #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  23 reviews
J.D. Pooker is back with THE IFS RETURN.

From MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW: Exceptionally imaginative and extraordinarily well written, THE IFS RETURN by J. D. Pooker is especially recommended ... for young readers ages 8 and older..."

Released May 2015, for ages 8 and Up, enjoy this fantasy adventure with brothers Landon and Broden (we met them in THE IFS), along with Slade, Gage, a
Paperback, First edition trade paperback, 158 pages
Published May 20th 2015 by Little Devil Books (first published May 18th 2015)
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Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The brothers - Landon & Broden - thought they were free of "Gage" and his minions but he escaped! The Ifs Return brings more adventure to the brothers' comfortable life. They must be on constant guard! However, Slade and the 'friendly" Ifs are there to help. The brothers experience a new "horror" in this sequel. Will their life end here...will life ever be "normal" again? Gage works his "magic" on Landon and Broden!

The Book Cover and Title could not be better! It is as eye-catching and excit
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I had listened to the first book and enjoyed it. The book description for the sequel was promising, so I quickly downloaded it.

I didn’t like that the first two chapters were too similar. My first thought was the author had written it from two different POV (Broden & Landon) and submitted them both by mistake.

I really didn’t like this at all. I didn’t like the magic aspect. I’m not sure I ever felt satisfied with the explanations.

I didn’t like the sloppy revelation of the size alterations.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Ifs Return by J.D. Pooker is the second book in the series that revolves around the battle between two If brothers, Slade and Gage. It is set the day after the human boys, Landon (10 years old) and Broden (8 years old) helped Slade defeat his younger, jealous brother in a battle the decided which brother will rule over the Ifs. Gage has managed to escape custody and once again place into question which brother ultimately will rule Ifs.

In Book One, we learned how the human brothers' playtime
Cat Michaels
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Ifs Return is the second in the series of J.D. Pooker's inventive tale of two brothers who stumble upon a pint-sized civilization and intervene to rescue it. I read an e-pub version on my tablet.

It took awhile to get into the characters because I had not read the first book; however, I soon caught up. Main characters, siblings Landon and Broden, are excellent role models for middle-grade children by demonstrating strong values of commitment and honesty. The boys' parents are lovin
Erika Messer
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Landon and Broden thought after the battle with Gage and the Ifs that it was over. But when their old ally Slade shows up and tells them that Gage has escaped and is after them, they start to worry and decide they need to up their game. Unfortunately for them, upping their game means shrinking them down to the size of the Ifs, about 6 inches tall! So now they are in a whole new world even though it's their own they are the size of bugs and they have to learn how to fight a whole new way ... some ...more
Elizabeth Woodrum
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Ifs Return, though I did find it a little uneven in the pacing at the start. A second book in a series is always a harder task for an author. There needs to be enough exposition that readers can be reminded of previous events, but the action of the new story also needs to start relatively early in order to keep returning readers interested. I felt that some of the early scenes that were meant to reintroduce the characters were a little slow paced or didn't really progress the story ...more
Darlene Cruz
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was cheering, laughing and rooting for the brothers, Landon and Broden. I found myself so immerse in the tale of another adventure of those tiny people. Tiny people who keeps entering the lives of Landon and Broden, friend or foe? They were sucked into another wild escapade of the If's, this time magic, huh! No wait a spell? Ooh, a talismans and their magic, no wait an amulet! Now you see them and now, "Hey where did they go?" Well not quite like that but when you read the story you will know ...more
Tonja Drecker
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't read the first book, but still had little trouble diving into this adventure. Although it took a couple pages to get a handle on the two main characters and what was going on, there's enough information to let a reader dive into the world without reading book one (however, I highly recommend grabbing the other book first because I'm pretty sure it's worth it.)

The author does a fantastic job introducing a tiny species, the Ifs. This little, honorable folk seeks out the help of two human
Kim Propp
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I did not get a chance to read the first book in The Ifs series so I had to figure a few things out while reading this book. That said, it is not necessary to read the first book first because JD Pooker goes into full detail to catch up newcomers to the story. Landon and Broden are brothers and the main characters in the story. There are several characters including wild animals that are transportation (dogs, wolves, crows), the Ifs (a small person who rides on dogs, crows, and wolves for transp ...more
Darleen Wohlfeil
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Ifs Return, by J. D. Pooker, is the second book in the tale of two brothers who are suddenly awakened to the mystery of another world coexisting in their local park. Landon and Broden, discover sibling rivalry is common even in a world of six inch people, and find themselves caught up in a battle beyond their imagination. If they are to help their newly found friends and survive, they must learn to work together.
I enjoyed the creativity of this story. The easy style of the author makes the
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
The Ifs Return is the second book in the series by J.D. Pooker and this latest adventure brothers Landon and Broden find themselves on is just as exciting as the first.

With the startling news that Gage has already escaped from Slade, Landon and Broden are angry and afraid for their own safety, but when they learn Gage has magic on his side they fear the worst. Still spent from the previous battle, Landon and Broden aren't eager to take Gage on again, but when Gage uses his magic for evil the bo
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared on my blog, Christy's Cozy Corners.

I don’t know about you, but when I was a little girl I used to love the books in The Littles series! I had (still have) a vivid imagination, and thinking about little people living in my house or town was just so cool!

J.D. Pooker must have been a fan too. Perhaps this is why she wrote The Ifs, which I reviewed earlier. In this book, The Ifs Return, only a day has passed and already trouble is again brewing! Broden and Landon find out
Cindy Barton
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Broden and Landon have just finished helping the Ifs defeat and capture Slade and are trying to get some sleep before school the next day. Now if only they can stay awake and make it through the day. Before the day is out they learn that Gage has escaped and Slade needs their help once again to help them. Boy are they mad! Why should they help the Ifs again, it isn't their fault that Gage got away? Besides, now there is something else to be worried about, the Ifs have magic. Should the boys be w ...more
Kathryn Jacoby
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Ifs have returned for more fun for their readers, but more worry and danger for our heroes, Broden and Landon. Gage, evil If, has managed to escape from his brother, Slade's jail and Slade again appeals to the boys for their help. Little (no pun intended) did they know that they would be fighting the bad Ifs on their terms, and not much more than their six-inch heights. Gage has acquired the magical talismans from Slade's village and has put the world into suspended animation while shrinking ...more
Katie Logonauts
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
The Ifs Return kicks off the day after the excitement and epic battle of the first book. Brothers Broden and Landon must face the doldrums of normal life and school and waking up early, in sharp contrast to their heroic deeds. But when each boy notices an animal keeping an eye on them at school, they begin to suspect the adventure's not over.

The Ifs Return is a quick read, but the pacing is slow and a bit awkward in places. Chapters alternate between the points of view of the two brothers, but t
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I had read The Ifs a while back and thought it was a fun action/adventure book for children so I was happy to read The Ifs Return.

I like Landon and Broden. Their first adventure brought them closer and they worked together and had each other's backs during this one. They were a little less willing to help the Ifs this time because they knew how dangerous it actually was, but they felt they had no choice.

I was surprised that the Ifs came b
Tara Looney
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The age level for this book and it's prequel is wide indeed. It could be used as a read aloud for grade 3 and up. I personally would recommend this read to my 4-6 graders. I would highly recommended this book but I must caution, its probably a good idea to read these two books in order so you can watch the brother's relationship unfold and grow.

The Ifs Return is an amazing sequel to The Ifs. In the original, Landon and Broden are in turmoil about their relationship with each other. In the Ifs Re
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, I did not read the first book, the IFS, so I have only myself to blame that it took me awhile to figure out what was happening when they 'returned'. But it was not difficult. Eventually I caught on and caught up. A good read and I think my middle school grandson will enjoy. I will make sure that he reads the first book first -- for his maximum enjoyment. The two brothers are Broden and Landon, and in several places I found a reference to 'Brandon', to which I went HUH? It took me a f ...more
Amy Miller
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brothers Landon and Broden just barely had time to breathe after the huge battle with the If's when Slade comes to them and tells them Gage has escaped. Both boys are thrust back into fighting, spies, and magic. Gage has it out for them and his brother Slade and will do everything he can to destroy them. Slade, Landon, and Broden must find a way to outsmart him before he does.
The whole story from the start is very fascinating and full of action pact adventure for any child. Lots of fun and use o
Jane Ritz
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Landon and Bradon get a surprise visit from the If's. Gage has escaped. He eventually freezes the world and turns Landon and Bradon small.They have exciting adventures with their friends, Slade and the good If's. It's up to them to save the world. This book is very exciting.Children and up would absolutely love this book. I'm ready for book 3!I receive a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Kay LaLone
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and I enjoyed reading again about Broden and Landon adventure. Great fun characters. I like the brotherly relationship between Landon and Broden. As they go on this adventure to capture Gage again, the brothers seem to grow closer, wanting to protect each other. The boys face danger as they fight Gage and save the world.
Ashley Howland
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love a good sequel and this is a really great one. The Ifs return takes Broden and Landon on another action paced adventure. Gage has escaped after their last battle and this time he has magic. Slade needs the brothers to help once again. Kids will enjoy reading this book, the characters are great and the action is well paced.
Kat Evans Hernandez
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read
My children are currently reading this book and will update when they tell me all about it. Thanks for the winning giveaway goodreads!!
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