by Andrew S. Chilton
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers Release date : January 19th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
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Brimming with dragons, goblins, and logic puzzles, this middle-grade fantasy adventure is perfect for readers who enjoyed The Princess Bride or Rump.
THE BOY is a nameless slave on a mission to uncover his true destiny.
THE GOBLIN holds all the answers, but he’s too tricky to be trusted.
PLAIN ALICE is a bookish peasant girl carried off by a confused dragon.
And PRINCESS ALICE is the lucky girl who wasn’t kidnapped.
All four are tangled up in a sinister plot to take over the kingdom, and together they must face kind monsters, a cruel magician, and dozens of deathly boring palace bureaucrats. They’re a ragtag bunch, but with strength, courage, and plenty of deductive reasoning, they just might outwit the villains and crack the goblin’s puzzle.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Middle grade books are always fun to immerse yourself in when you want something light-hearted, fun and super cute. The Goblin’s Puzzle hit all three of those – and one I will be pushing on many to read!
As with most middle grade that I’ve read, it takes a few chapters for the story to really get going. All the players in the game (i.e. characters) are introduced, giving us a little bit into their life at present and their back story. Once that happens, things kick off and move along beautifully!
What I love about The Goblin’s Puzzle, aside from the witty characters and hilarious banter, is the team work that goes into everything. The slave boy with no name, Plain Alice, Princess Alice, the goblin – all work together to solve not only who was behind the kidnapping of both Alice’s, but working together to solve the goblin’s puzzle. Granted, he wasn’t much help with THAT!
The Goblin’s Puzzle not only brings out family, friendships and working together, it’s an action/adventure story. It’s a journey for all parties involved, and I adored how it all blends together. the twist was well done – and I do think all readers, kids and adults a like will adore this one!
I also really adored the drawings inside. They are THE CUTEST drawings for the chapter headers. I loved flipping back through them, now understanding their significance for each chapter.
All in all – if you are looking for a adventurous middle grade, with smart, witty and hilarious characters, I highly recommend The Goblin’s Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice.