Intent on becoming a member of the Society of Magicians, Moongobble sets out to complete his third mighty task. With the able assistance of his diverse collection of friends, Moongobble delves into the great forest and the land of elves to secretly recapture a magical stone. The delightful cast from earlier episodes has returned to deliver this lively tale. Young Ryan Sparkes adroitly narrates the story through the voice of Edward, the magician's boy apprentice. Tiny characters have miniature (yet audible) voices, the Rusty Knight sounds appropriately creaky, and the toad is charmingly sonorous. The cast's superb expression and humor make this children's story entertaining even for older listeners.
©2004 Bruce Coville; (P)2005 Full Cast Audio
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Moongobble has successfully (sort of) completed two of his three tasks to prove that he deserves to be a magician. His third task is to retrieve a jewel called The Queen???s Belly Button, which has the power to turn its owner evil, from the elves who stole it. The elves, who used to be peaceful creatures, have been badly influenced by the Belly Button and they do not want to give it back.
Edward et al. once again set out with Moongobble to help him get the jewel. It???s obvious by now that Moongobble always needs help because every time he attempts a magic spell, he is still turning things into cheese. Will Moongobble, Edward, and the rest of the gang be able to resist the temptation of the Queen???s Belly Button?
Again, there???s some repetitiveness as the reader is re-oriented to Bruce Coville???s world, and the same pattern is followed exactly, but this is mostly forgivable in a book aimed at children in grades 2-4. The recap is done quickly and the adventure begins almost immediately. As usual, there???s a surprise at the end!
The Evil Elves is the third book in Bruce Coville???s MOONGOBBLE AND ME series. Like its predecessors, it???s an hour long on audio and superbly produced by Full Cast Audio. I can highly recommend this series on audio, but you might want to also take a look at the print version because it???s beautifully illustrated by Bruce Coville???s wife, Katherine. My daughters and I have enjoyed listening to MOONGOBBLE AND ME together, but my older daughter (4th grade) is also planning to check out the hardbacks from the library so she can read them and get credit for Scholastic???s Reading Counts Program.
There are still a couple of books left in the MOONGOBBLE AND ME series. I???ve already downloaded the next one, The Mischief Monster. (Originally posted at Fantasy Literature)
My two sons (ages 5 and 7) love these books. They are very entertaining. This one in particular teaches a great lesson about the value of having a good heart. I highly recommend it to children and adults alike!
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