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Preview — The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman by Robin Gregory
The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman
In the aftermath of an earthquake, a baby boy is found tucked inside a wooden fishing basket by the nuns of San Miguel de las Gaviotas. The word 'Moojie' is smudged across his forehead and deemed to be good a name as any.
Author Robin Gregory, in similarity to Neil Gaiman, has the rare gift of being able to re-imagine childhood fairy tales. The book has, at its beating heart, a bygone innoce ...more
"Sahib, did you not know? Without being stupid, you will never know love!"
this book is charming and magical and while i didn't always understand what was going on, i don't see that as a bad thing in this type of children's fantasy. there's a certain freedom in just letting the story carry you along and allowing the magic to exist without stopping to try to pin everything down with explanations. in fact, i'm not even going to bother trying to write a review in wh ...more
Whimsical, sometimes touching, and with a narrative that moves like summer fireflies too quick to catch, The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is filled with enough wonder and magic to capture the imagination of preteen and early teens. While it is clear from an adult standpoint that that i ...more
The story of Moojie Littleman combines elerments of magical realism with some current issues of today's society. Including social problems like complicated relationships between parents and children, death, coming of age, fighting life problems etc. The book reminds of Dickens's novels in a way as well.
Overall, an enjoyable and profound read.
Pappy got Moojie exercising and then saddle ...more
The book just keeps winning award after award. And it deserves every one. Beautifully written, well-paced, magical realism coming of age novel with a message for each reader. “It takes a long while to wake up. That’s why it doesn’t happen to people who are in a hurry.” Because, “life is making choices,” and our choices make our lives. Well done, Robin Gregory, we need more young adult books like this.
about a young man’s dream of fitting in and finding love. It is a story of the classic clash between good and evil, but told in such a refreshing, and heart-gripping way. I was so drawn into the story, I actually wished I could have been there and witnessed it first-hand.
This story challenges us to look at things it different ways – things, and people, are not always what they seem. It will test your faith ...more
This story really touched me. Sometimes the dialogues made zero sense to me but there were hilarious to read. Like calling someone 'one sandwich short of a picnic.' English isn't my first language so I'm not sure if the expressions that were used, exist. Still, they were funny and ultimately I really liked the writing.
Little Moojie was a great character and I couldn't not feel ...more
For him his life is terrible, he's not like other boys, his legs don't work and his left hand is stiff and he stutters. His parents left him at the church doorstep on a night of earthquake, his new mother loved him but his new dad didn't like him af ...more
I don't give five star reviews very often, but this little book deserves 5 star and more. This book came to me as a freebie, but it's well worth whatever is being asked. Buy the book - read it - enjoy the experience.
by Robin Gregory
Moojie Littleman is left in a basket at the chapel of San Miguel de las Gaviotas, where Mother Teagardin oversees his care and his adoption by Katie Littleman and her spouse. His new parents discover the child is disabled and does not grow and learn as a normal child should. His mother focuses all of her energy on the child, whereas the father begins to despair, already dividing the family. When Katie dies in an accident, the father takes ...more
Robin Gregory's The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is superbly crafted with well thought out diction and bold imagery. Both poignant and optimistic, it is but life's paradox depicted in the character of Moojie Littleman. When the boy's mother dies, he is confronted with all of life's drudgery, but this drudgery does not break him rather makes him into a mature and rounded character, as he develops through the story. Moojie loses his mother at eight but since then, a ...more
If you can see behind this world's veil, reading stories trying expose this is worthwhile.
Some of this story is hard to understand, but isn't that true of fantasy in general. I loved the main character. The story is well written. The main theme is that everyone needs to be loved and accepted, and that is never hard to understand.
What I didn’t like…
1. The narrative of the first few chapters was quite boring and confusing. A lot of the times, I felt as if the story was being narrated by one of the Centaurs from the ‘Harry Potter’ series. The language used was a bit difficult to understand. Often, I had to read the same passage twice to understand the meaning.
2. The story progresses...more
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