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Measle and the Wrathmonkby Ian Ogilvy
Synopses & Reviews
Colossal Adventures in a miniature world
Measle Stubbs lives with Basil Tramplebone, his dreary, horrible guardian. His life is miserable, and gets worse when Measle finds himself on the wrong end of one of Basil's evil spells. Now he's half an inch tall and trapped in a toy train set. But when Measle joins up with Basil's other victims, he becomes more than just a smelly little orphan. Suddenly he's a hero ... with a plan!
"Measle Stubbs, 10 1/2 years old, lives in a 'grim and gloomy and depressingly ugly' house with the evil and demented Basil Tramplebone, his legal guardian and 'fourth cousin twelve times removed and, therefore, Measle's closest living relative.' Stubbs, an orphan, is heir to a sum of money, on which Basil has set his sights. When Measle breaks the rules and plays with Basil's beloved train set, the man shrinks the boy down to just a few inches in size and tells him he will spend the rest of his life among the locomotives and fake trees. Measle meets others who have met a similar fate — an electrician, a local politician, a traveling encyclopedia salesman, etc. — and, with the help of a carrot, he frees them from their 'plasssticated' (Basil's term) state. One of the rescued characters is a 'wrathmonkologist,' who explains that Basil is a Wrathmonk, a warlock who has 'gone mad.' When Basil casts a spell to turn Measle into a cockroach, the rescuees band together to lift a mirror shard, and the spell turns back on him; unleashing an entirely different predator. First novelist Ogilvy's Lilliputian scenes offer some keen suspense, and the story achieves a level of charm in the conclusion, but fans of the genre may find this too derivative to linger in the mind for long. Ages 8-13." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Actor and writer Ian Ogilvy's quirky debut novel for children is now available in paperback. "A terrific tale in every sense that will thrill children long before its spectacularly happy ending."--"London Times."
About the Author
Ian Ogilvy is the author of two other books about the intrepid Measle Stubbs: Measle and the Wrathmonk and its sequel, Measle and the Dragodon. He is also an actor and has appeared in many plays, as well as in the popular British TV series The Saint, in which he played the title role. He was born in England but now lives in southern California with his wife, his two stepsons, and lots and lots of dogs.
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