Synopses & Reviews
Measle Stubbs lives in a dreary, horrible house, with Basil Tramplebone, his dreary, horrible guardian. His life is miserable, and suddenly gets worse when Measle finds himself on the wrong end of one of Basil's evil spells. Now he's only half an inch tall and trapped in the world of 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 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. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In his debut novel for children, the British writer and actor delivers a quirky tale about the orphan Measle Stubbs, who lives with his terrifying, magical guardian. Measle soon finds himself on the wrong end on one of his guardian's spells, but soon he becomes a hero.
About the Author
Ian Ogilvy is a writer and an actor. He's done more acting than writing, and most of that in England, where he was born. He's appeared in films, plays, and many television shows. Measle and The Wrathmonk is his first children's book. He lives in southern California with his wife, his two stepsons, and lots of dogs.