I have another fun, fantasy read for the younger readers out there today (and for the young at heart as well). Thank you so much to Lily Rose, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour for The Jumble Sale, and for providing me with a copy of the book.
Zadi is part zombie, part fairy with a little bit of robot, which makes her a misfit monster. She lives with other misfit monsters, with their quirky parts in their makeshift town. They survive by hunting at the nearby hunting grounds taking items discarded by humans and making them into something useful. Hunting is risky because they could be captured by humans. Zadi is an excellent hunter and maker, but now she’s finding it difficult.
Something unusual has happened. There have been no new deliveries to the hunting grounds. This means there are no new items which can be used to recycle into something useful, and they are beginning to worry and fight with each other.
Can Zadi come up with a plan which will help the misfit monsters and bring them together as a community?
Enter the world of the misfit monsters, their quirky lives, and be part of their fun and adventures.
The Jumble Sale is a charming little book, full of important messages for today’s children, but at the same time so full of fun that kids won’t even realise that they are learning. I think they will love the cast of misfit monsters, and listing the cast of characters at the beginning is a great idea for letting kids choose their favourite monster combination, and maybe even fuel their imagination into creating some misfit monsters of their own. I don’t have children of my own, but if I did I think it would be a fantastic activity to have them drawing their own interpretations of each misfit.
At the risk of giving away my age, there were a lot of things about the misfit monsters that put me in mind of a number of my own favourite childhood characters – the mismatched parts of the Raggy Dolls, the small stature of the Borrowers, and the recycling habits of the Wombles. This made the book a wonderful journey in reminiscence for me, and I loved it because of this.
The Jumble Sale struck me as an important book for children to read. Without being preachy in any way, it teaches acceptance of people who are different to you, who might not look the same, or be able to do everything that you can. With her wonky walk and decomposing zombie parts, Zadi shows what you can achieve if you put your mind to it, even if the odds seem stacked against you.
I don’t know if this is the authors plan, but I can see a whole series of these books, with each one covering the emerging strengths of a different misfit monster.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lily Rose enjoys world building and creating characters for these unusual worlds. She enjoyed creating the misfit monsters world, and is looking forward to writing more of their adventures.
For more information on the adventures of the Misfit Monsters, why not head on over to the other blogs taking part in the tour.