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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Sir Licksalot and The Bay Fools is a preteen and children’s fantasy book written by D.L. Carroll and illustrated by Teri Cuneo. Blaze and his friends have figured out a way to travel through a fountain in Blaze’s backyard. When they’re gone, time stops so they can have fun adventures without anyone else knowing about it. They've promised the girls that they can come along on the next adventure, but no one wants it to be really hot or really, really cold, like some previous ones. The seven kids and Sir Licksalot go to the fountain where they are soon surrounded by bubbles that will take them on their trip. Bobby and Sir Licksalot went in last so they are separated from the rest and land in a different place. It’s foggy where Blaze and the rest are and no one can see where they are. Then they realize they’re on the walkway of a bridge, and they follow it into a park. Meanwhile, Bobby and Sir Licksalot are on an island where birds are nesting and there’s a spooky deserted prison.
D.L. Carroll’s adventure fantasy for preteens and children, Sir Licksalot and The Bay Fools, is silly and goofy and a lot of fun. I loved reading about the kids’ adventures in the city by the Bay, which is a foggy and chilly place indeed. Cuneo’s illustrations are clever, especially her rendering of Lombard Street, which is notoriously hard to get right in a drawing. Those who are familiar with the sights and sounds of San Francisco will smile in recognition as they follow Blaze and his friends in their wandering, and those who aren’t will probably want to visit there after reading this book. And while I’ve never actually taken that boat ride across the bay to visit Alcatraz, Bobby and Sir Licksalot’s adventures on that rather desolate island felt almost like being there myself. Sir Licksalot and The Bay Fools is highly recommended for armchair adventurers of all ages. It’s great fun.