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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Bumblestook: The Accidental Wizard by Sheri McClure-Pitler is the first book in an exciting adventure series. Farley Bumblestook is just an ordinary boy or at least he would have been. Thanks to two heroes that have big plans for their daughter’s future, he’s now not so ordinary. He’s a wizard! When his parents disappear, he turns to his best friend Fiona for help, which sends the two on a quest that puts them in the middle of a war. He has no idea what destiny has in store for him, but he does know that he’ll do whatever he can to save his parents - which should not be a problem with his best friend at his side and their trusted pets along for the journey.
Bumblestook is a quirky and delightful tale that mixes elements reminiscent of fairytales and a hero’s quest told through various perspectives. The story has illustrations throughout that give visuals to various characters the two kids meet along their adventure. The characters are quirky and bring a fun eccentric spark to the story, which keeps the tone light and innocent. The story is often playful and has fun with its own eccentricities such as two magical beings undercover as lovable pets or a wizard meeting in the desert. Sheri McClure-Pitler has fun with names and the magical elements of the story with two of the characters having names that play on the type of animal they’re based on.
Though the kids face a lot of danger, the story never veers into a dark tone and remains suitable for family enjoyment throughout. McClure-Pitler has created a fascinating world that blends real life - like a trip to southern California - and a fantasy world that has magical beings. Bumblestook takes a set of fantasy rules and mixes them into a realistic setting which makes the story read like a fantasy. A unique and creative tale of adventure and magic that will surely captivate you.