The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

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"Mabel Jones finds herself aboard the Feroshus Maggot--a ship crewed by the strangest bunch of pirates you'd (never) want to meet. She then has to find pieces of an X-shaped puzzle that in her hands could be her ticket home, but in the hands of Captain Split, they'd give him the power to assemble a pirate militia to take over London!"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), ©2015.
ISBN: 9780451471963
Characteristics: 290 pages :,illustrations, map ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Collins, Ross

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JCLChrisK Jan 24, 2017

Ludicrous, ridiculous, and preposterous!

I mean, what can you say about a book whose second character introduced is named Omynus Hussh? Yes, that is an ominous indication of things to come indeed!

Things like a world populated by talking, intelligent, bipedal animals, the vast majority of them villainous scoundrels of the most unsavory sort. Where pirates kidnap children (like Mabel Jones) who eat their boogers. Where the captain of the sailing vessel Peapod is Ishmael H. Toucan, searching for the white whale that swallowed his brother Abel. Where one of the preferred drinks is Wasp Rot, brewed from the pee of a thousand stray cats and laced with crushed wasp, and where one of the vilest drinks is milk.

Related by a narrator who makes frequent asides to readers, addresses them directly, takes mid-action-sequence breaks to eat pickled onions, and who, thinking our heroine dead, shares his intentions to have her name and image tattooed on his buttocks so that "poor Mabel Jones will be remembered whenever I need to scratch my bum in public."

And that's just the faintest hint of the utter nonsense displayed on every single page.

Which doesn't even mention the constant, melodramatic use of bolding, enlarged font, illustrations, and graphic design elements for added effect.

Or the fact that, despite the highly effective, absurdist humor, the book manages to pull off actual suspense, character growth, and sentiment.

This is silliness that is rollicking, clever, and fun.

And added praise for the outstanding, over-the-top audiobook narration of Toby Jones, who begins his reading with the clarification that he is of no relation to the title character.

Most highly recommended.

Adventure aboard a pirate ship crewed by an assortment of ferocious and foolish animals. Mabel Jones is kidnapped and forced to help recover the missing pieces of "the X" that leads to treasure. Gross-out humor along with tongue-in-cheek asides to the clever reader.

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DawnAck
Jun 30, 2015

Never trust a man who washes his underpants after just one use. (p. 63)

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DawnAck
Jun 30, 2015

Never trust a man who washes his underpants after just one use. (p. 63)

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DawnAck
Jun 30, 2015

Mabel is taken in the night by a perfectly frightful band of pirates after she does THE DEED (errr, picking her nose and eating it!) They are aghast when they realize they have kidnapped a GIRL. They didn't realize girls did THE DEED.

Mabel then embarks on a dangerous and funny journey to help the Pirates so that they can get back home.

A hilarious read!

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