About The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Magic & Mayhem

Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuck’s origami messenger birds are suddenly attacking him.

Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who could it be and why have they implicated Hobart’s grandfather?

“The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck” follows Hobart and his friends, Specks Spacklethack and Rosie Rumpleskirt, as they try to solve this mystery and free Hobart’s grandfather from the Tower of Tribulation on Mumblemonk Mountain.

The trio’s investigation into the mysterious happenings on Druid Lane gets them into hot water more than once and ultimately brings them dangerously close to disaster not only for themselves, but the entire village of Pennywhistle.

Reviews for The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Magic & Mayhem

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a book that I think better serves the tween crowd, but it is a cute, magical story about some kids fighting to clear Hobart’s grandfather’s good reputation. The characters were well-defined and the relationships realistic, just in a magical setting. All in all I think it’s a good light read for anyone who is a fan of the genre, particularly early chapter book readers who need short, engaging chunks of content.

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Hobart Hucklebuck lives in Pennywhistle where basically everything is enchanted and doing regular ol’ magic is passé. Forget about doing things the old-fashioned way. Residents rely on enchanted items to do everything and when the enchantments suddenly start acting up or stop working altogether they have no idea what to do. Tie their own shoes? Put bread in a toaster and then butter it? Themselves?! How absurd! Complaints start to pile up and when Hobart’s grandfather

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The children are still too young to really delve into the magical arts and there are a lot of politics going on that could prevent further magic using. I like that Swanson had added adult elements so that parents could enjoy the book with their children or the children won't be left feeling too young. Children know what is going on in the world and Swanson shows that by having his characters know things are happening, but they just don't know why.This is a fun book for both adults and children. I very much enjoyed it.

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I think almost everyone (except the always graceful and talented--not most of us) can identify with the hapless youngster Hobart HUCKLEBUCK. Some readers will shiveringly resonate to poor Hobart's ailurophobia (terror of cats) and others with his ready distraction and clumsiness. Middle grade and upper elementary readers will surely delight: girls in the magical environment, boys in his adventures and the silly names of people and objects. Altogether, Hobart's misadventures are winners.

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