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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Welcome to Monstrovia (Tales of Monstrovia, Volume 1) by Mark H. Newhouse centers on young Brodie Adkins, who is sent to spend a vacation with an uncle he has never met. He thinks he is going to Key West, Florida, but he arrives in Monstrovia instead, where his uncle is a hero and a defense lawyer for the inhabitants of the fantasy land. He has big case he needs to work on and makes Brodie his legal assistant. Can young Brodie handle Monstrovia’s oddball citizens?
The cover art is eye-catching, and the concept and plot are solid. However, I’m ambivalent about the pacing. It’s a tad too fast for my liking. On the other hand, as this book is targeted at middle graders, my nephew (who read the book on his own) and my niece (who read it with me) had no complaints about the pace of the story – as an adult reader, I can’t argue with their views.
It is undeniable, however, that the story is highly imaginative and I couldn’t find a single dull moment. Welcome to Monstrovia is action packed and full of surprises. It also serves as an early means for kids to understand court proceedings, or perhaps influence them to consider being a lawyer as a profession in the future. All in all, in the words of my young relatives, Welcome to Monstrovia is ‘fast, funny and entertaining.’