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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Tales of the Booga Dooga Land: The Wormus, by Deepak Menon, is a creative children’s story with the kind of silliness that keeps a child’s interest. When the Wormus awakens from his hundred-year sleep, he begins to eat everything in sight. The Silver Dragon can’t stop him with his fiery breath. No one knows how to stop this giant creature that will consume the entire land of Booga Dooga, especially the Pixies, because they are sweet and delicious. Father PixKix has a better idea and goes to the house of the tiniest Pixie in Pixie Town, Pickwick. Pickwick and his sidekick Octodoll rush to the sight of the destructive Wormus who is eating the Silver Mountains. Pickwick realizes that he has to come up with a proper PLAN in order to deal with the Wormus. Pickwick and Octodoll make a PLAN and return to stop the Wormus before he reaches Pixie Town. They find themselves face to face with the hungry Wormus and their PLAN is ready.
Deepak Menon has created something that is perhaps a candidate for a children’s classic. The double meanings that he uses for phrases like “catching one’s breath” or “losing one’s temper” add a silly twist that also gives a few gentle lessons in life. The creativity of the entire land and the larger story within which this one particular episode is set is well thought out and creates a vivid picture for the mind of a child. Tales of the Booga Dooga Land: The Wormus is a book that should be found on the shelves of all children.