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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Haunted Funfair: The Extraordinary Tales of Melody Magic, Book 2 is an adventure fantasy for preteens and children, grades 4-6, written by Alex Woburn. Melody Magic and her friends were intrigued when the documentary their teacher, Miss Bell, was showing them was interrupted by a commercial starring a sinister and definitely creepy clown, who just happened to be named Creep. He was announcing the arrival of Giggles Park, a renowned and legendary funfair in town. Miss Bell couldn’t figure out how that commercial ended up on the documentary, but Melody, Max, Sally and the Escott triplets were determined to find Giggles Park for themselves and to check out the action. Creep had mentioned Shadow Lane as the venue for the amusement park, which was located in a dark and quiet alley behind an old church. Sally was already getting creeped out just by the ambiance of the locale, but when Creep suddenly appeared in person and was intent on getting the group to enter the spooky old door with mystical symbols on it, Melody instinctively knew something was very, very wrong.
Alex Woburn’s dark adventure fantasy for preteens and children, grades 4-6, The Haunted Funfair: The Extraordinary Tales of Melody Magic, Book 2, is chock-full of spine-tingling fun and spooky adventures. I loved the first book in Woburn’s Melody Magic series, The Mermaids at Crystal Cove, and wondered how the author could possibly top the excitement and adventure of that book. Well, he did, and in a big way. Creep the clown is about as scary as a clown can get, and that’s saying quite a lot. He’s also disgusting in a way that provides for non-stop, gross-out giggles even during the scariest parts of the story. You know those movies where the girl is going into a room, and you know she shouldn’t go in there -- and you keep on thinking to yourself, why is she going in there? Well, that’s how The Haunted Funfair feels during just about every spooky and scary adventure Melody and her friends experience. I had a marvelous time reading this inventive and ingeniously plotted story and am hoping Woburn will publish the next Melody Magic adventure soon. The Haunted Funfair: The Extraordinary Tales of Melody Magic, Book 2 is funny, gross and scary all at once, and it’s an absolute hoot of a novel. It’s most highly recommended.