The Riddle of the Gnome by P.W Catanese
Published: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2007
Borrowed from Library
Challenge: 100 Books Challenge, Hogwarts Reading Challenge, Loving the Reviews Challenge
It took me forever to finish this book! I don’t know if it was because of the slow moving parts or because I was busy. Cantanese wrote a series of books that take place AFTER the fairy tale has ended. In this case, it’s Rumpelstiltskin. I’m not sure what I expected but I did find the plot to be imaginative and adventurous. I do like the idea of continuing fairy tales and will read others from the author.
My favorite character actually ended up being the glow-toad. I found the main character, Tom to be likeable at most. With his foster parents and the fact that he was an outcast, it was hard for me not to compare him to my boyfriend Harry Potter. Which, no one really compares to in my eyes. I would’ve preferred for the author to leave out a lot of Tom’s one line inner dialogue (“But that little fellow was crazy..who knows if he was telling the truth”), it clogged up the flow pretty often. The dialogue generally didn’t move the story forward and I think that may’ve been my largest problem with the book.
Keeping in mind that this is a Middle Grade book, I give The Riddle of the Gnome 2.5 out 4 stars. It has scary moments and seems to be geared toward young men. So, I recommend this for Middle Grade boys who love adventure and don’t mind some gross imagery here and there.