Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Festergrimm by Thomas Taylor

The delightful duo of Herbie Lemon and Violet Parma are back in this thrilling Frankenstein – King Kong – Madame Tussauds gone wrong mash-up. My family adores this series but Festergrimm just might be our favourite (keeping a special place in our hearts for the original, Malamander.) This story is laugh-out loud funny (I’m planning to adopt the “Nopevember” mindset right from September), lightning-paced and packed full of old friends.

A surprise guest and old nemesis at the legendary Grand Nautilus Hotel pushes Herbie and Violet into an adventure they’ll never forget. It’s fantastic to see Clermit the wind-up crab, Erwin the wise cat, the one-of-a-kind Mermonkey and so many Eerie-on-Sea adult friends playing an even bigger role in this deliciously creepy, slightly macabre quest to solve another intriguing Eerie-on-Sea mystery.

There’s plenty of sneaking around, exploring dark tunnels and outsmarting hotel manager Mr Mollusc to keep readers gripped. I finished Festergrimm just a couple of sittings – my only chance to read it before my son came home from school and ran off with it! I found myself smiling, laughing and gasping at each twist and turn. Details from the three earlier stories have been woven together so cleverly, giving long-time fans the pleasure of making connections and enjoying those fantastic “Aha!” moments.

I can’t wait to add a copy of this brilliant book to our collection! Thank you to NetGalley UK and Walker Books for an early read!

Read my review of Gargantis here.

Read my review of Shadowghast here.

Click on the covers below to find out more or purchase on-line from bookshop.org Amazon.

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Nonfiction: Years 3/4

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