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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Freddy Fumple and the Mindmonsters is a fantasy for preteens and children of all ages written by Vegard Svingen. Freddy and his family have left the city and are moving to the country, where his parents have both found jobs. On their way to the new house, his parents drop Freddy and his sister, Daisy, at the local schoolyard where some kids are playing soccer. Daisy gets involved in the game right away, but Freddy's not really into that kind of thing. He prefers pondering concepts like 'infinity.' Freddy agrees to be goalie, but is soon distracted when he sees two very strange beings with long ears. No one else seems to be able to see them, however, nor can they see the ghostly boy who lives in Freddy's room.
Vegard Svingen's children's and preteen fantasy, Freddy Fumple and the Mindmonsters, is a metaphysical lark for fantasy lovers of all ages. Freddy and his ghostly roommate, Jonathan, are the perfect set of adventurers whose quest is to help Jonathan get to The Other Side, where he can rejoin his family. Assisting them is the somewhat frightening and curmudgeonly neighbor, the Widow Crapette. Svingen's story line and sense of humor had me thinking about Douglas Adams' zany style of writing, and I think Adams would have appreciated this story that works on so many different levels. There's plenty of action and adventure, and a host of mythological beings, including a wood nymph whose friendship with Freddy hints at a coming of age sequel. At least, I hope it does. I had a lot of fun reading about Freddy and his family, as well as those mythological beings who began to seem quite real to me by the end of the book. Freddy Fumple and the Mindmonsters is most highly recommended.