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Sometime British actor, and now American author, Ian Ogilvy continues to show his writing chops in this sequel to Measle and the Wrathmonk. Aimed at a slightly younger audience than the Harry Potter books, Ogilvy once again creates an atmosphere laced with equal parts goofiness and menace, and then turns loose his plucky little hero, Measle Stubbs.
Only weeks after destroying the evil Wrathmonk Basil Tramplebone and getting his wizardly parents back, Measle is happier than he has ever been. But it is not to last. During a visit to an amusement park called the Isle of Smiles, Measles mum who is basically a walking supply of magical power feels a brush with a sinister presence. Soon afterward, a gang of buffoonish, but dangerously evil, Wrathmonks kidnap Lee Stubbs and pack her off to the Isle of Smiles, leaving Measles father, Sam Stubbs, in a haze of amnesia.
So it falls to Measle alone (well, alone except for a small dog named Tinker) to sneak onto the Isle of Smiles in search of his mother. Rescuing her will not be easy. Foolish as the Wrathmonks are, they are also quite powerful. Too soon, Measle and Tinker are on the run from an army of vicious, animated toys, carousel horses, and a gigantic plaster-and-plastic dinosaur. And not only the Wrathmonks are on his tail. There is also an ancient, evil wizard who can speak directly to peoples minds, and who plans to use Measles mother to unleash an immense force for destruction.
Leave it to a film actor to create such vivid images of horror that an amusement park becomes the stuff of childrens nightmares. Leave it to a creative artist, writing for the amusement of his own stepchildren, to lace that nightmare with slapstick humor and giggle-inducing villains.
If you enjoy stories in which a tiny, innocent hero confronts vast, powerful, evil forces, look no further than Measle and the Dragodon. No further, that is, except for the further adventures Measle and the Mallockee and Measle and the Slitherghoul.