Saturday, August 25, 2007

Muddle Earth by Paul Stewart

A boy named Joe and his dog are transported to Muddle Earth, a magical world, while taking a walk. There, they team up with an incompetent wizard, talkative bird, and dull-witted ogre to make some money for their new allies. To do this, the wizard equips Joe with a warrior costume and hires him out to the Horned Baron, the ruler of the land. The Horned Baron has Joe do tasks for his obnoxious wife. While accomplishing these, Joe realizes that he must rescue the other wizards being held hostage by the evil Dr. Cuddles if he ever wants to return. He and his band set off to try to accomplish this nearly impossible feat. Will they succeed?

This book was both good and bad. Sometimes the book was very funny and made me laugh out loud. At other points, the humor was stupid and hurt the novel. There were many plot twists, but they were only sometimes exciting or shocking. Other times, they were just plain dumb. The ending was nice, but there was no serious climax. It was a so-so book.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 5

Reviewer Age: 13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Royersford, Pennsylvania United States