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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Somewhere In This Picture by P. S. Reyes is a young adult fantasy novel to capture the imagination. It is a blend of a fairytale with a bit of psychology, whimsy, and humor but is also about characters experiencing quirky things like gorgeous witches "sweeping the sky" with their brooms--one named Mim Slimikin. The author has used a lot of devices young readers like such as secrets, mysterious maps, offbeat characters, a kidnapping, an island of goblins, elves, some danger, Minders, Others, and more. The catalyst for this fun romp is a man just finishing up a bath, and he finds himself being recruited by the witch to help search for a missing child.
This is the kind of book you could easily see as a Pixar movie for the family. It will remind you of the fairytales you read as a child and brings out the best in your imagination. You'll fly across the sky with the characters on the witch's broomstick, and enter a fantasy world where you can let go and laugh. You can't beat this book for pure escapism. The dialogue is witty, the writing style entertaining and quick-moving. I like that there is always a new character or creature just around the corner, and always a new twist in the plot development. The cook is an amusing character, but there are plenty to choose from as you read along. The science and technology that Reyes sifts in adds another layer to the story but isn't burdensome. This is a smart book for young readers but isn't over anyone's head. Fans of books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland will love Somewhere In This Picture by P. S. Reyes. This book is the perfect choice for a YA audience.