Book Review: The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus

The Gift of the Quoxxel

Author: Richard Titus

Publication Date: March 2018

Genre: Middle Grade – Fantasy

Pages: 190

Publisher: Voyages Imaginaires

If you were the monarch of a carefree, tropical paradise,
what would you desire? Well, King Norr would like to leave,
and the sooner, the better.

“Where else but Nibb?” was the island’s favorite adage.
The natives all knew to venture beyond Nibb was inviting
only misery and “haddocks.”

Telling too much here will ruin the surprises in store,
but some of the mysteries include — 

Who was the mysterious girl who would not speak?

Had Doctor Hinkus fallen prey to marauding drumbkins?

Whose prank had set the Palace afloat?

What’s a spudcake?

Do pirates bathe? 

Did Uncle Fenwad roll off the island?

What’s a Sober Tooth Tiger?

Do Nibbian pigs have a future in aviation?

All these questions and more are answered in this
whimsical, light-hearted tale that will keep you
guessing till the last page. Deep sea monsters,
pirates, ET’s, and rampaging mollusks may be
wreaking havoc, but Norr knows he can handle 
them all with the aid of an additional nap.

The Gift of Quoxxel is a fun and quirky tale about King Norr who wants nothing more than to leave his isolated and lonesome island of Nibb to finally get a chance at experiencing life. Unlike the King, the citizens of Nibb are perfectly happy where they are and don’t want to shake up the status quo. Unfortunately for King Norr, every time a ship has approached Nibb, it turns back and disappears. King Norr decides that he needs to get to the bottom of this mystery…how else is he ever going to get off this island and explore?!

I appreciated the sarcastic and scatter-brained King since this is definitely a refreshing change from the typical egotistical and tyrannical Kings that I read about. His side kick Yill is utterly hilarious. Their banter is definitely lost on children but was greatly appreciated.

Since the story uses a lot of silly language (that is defined) and tends to speak in circles at time, I think that this book would be better suited for someone with a more imaginative mind. I went into this story with too much logic on my side because I kept getting lost during the plot, which I tried to circumvent by re-reading the chapters to figure out what exactly was going on. It didn’t help. I think that this is one of those stories that I would need to see being played out versus reading it.

Thank you to the author for providing an ebook in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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