Review and Blog Tour! Balthazar Fabuloso in the Lair of the Humbugs by I.J. Brindle


balthazarBalthazar Fabuloso in the Lair of the Humbugs

Written by I.J. Brindle

Illustrated by Sholto Walker

240 pages – ages 8+

Published by Holiday House on May 1, 2016

Synopsis from the Publisher-Balthazar Fabuloso’s lovable and eccentric family performs a magic show. What makes the act so unusual is that all the Fabulosos actually have superhuman powers, except for Balthazar, a practical-minded 11-year-old who simply aspires to be a normal kid. So when everyone but Balthazar disappears mid performance, the only Fabuloso without real magical skills must save the family.Balthazar wonders if the family’s arch-rivals, the Furious Fistulas, are to blame or if there are other, even darker forces at work. To free his loved ones Balthazar must work with some questionable characters, including a lunatic long-lost uncle, three enigmatic senior citizens and the loathsome Pagan Fistula, whose family also mysteriously goes missing.

At the center of these disappearances is a force so evil that the world’s most preeminent magicians cower before it. What hope could a ragtag crew of misfits have against it?

What I Thought- I was a bit hesitant to review this book. I wasn’t  really drawn in by the description but I have to say, the book had a good story and solid writing. Brindle has a fun writing style that aims perfectly at a younger audience. The characters are super odd but that totally work within  the story. I really enjoyed the images created by Brindle’s writing. There is a good story-line that will keep kids involved and reading. I liked the touch of having Pagan Fistula’s journal entries included in the story. Walker’s illustrations add the finishing touch. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would like to follow the further adventures of this quirky family. I really hope that there is another book to follow this fun debut.

I give this book five out of five bookworms.fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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10 replies

  1. Erik, Looks like a fun read. I love the cover. Great review!

  2. I know what a fistula is — and all I gotta say is don’t Google it.

    Despite that unfortunate surname, this sounds like an amazing book.

  3. This sounds right up my street, Erik. Great review!

  4. Love the character name and title!

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