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Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2016
As an adult, I find it difficult to review “Fritz Fombie and the Frightful Feats of Courage.” After all, the book is geared to 7 to 10-year-olds! So I decided to read it and review it from the viewpoint of a child who loves to read books like “Captain Underpants,” leave spiders in his little sister’s bed, and keep a secret collection of earthworms in his pockets.
A kid like that would love “Fritz Fombie and the Frightful Feats of Courage,” because the book is wildly imaginative and full of silly ridiculousness. Even the characters are unusual. I mean… where else can you find a super-sized bawling baby… a large, wrestling rabbit… and an army of zombies in the same book?
I won’t go into detail about the plot, since it is well-covered in the book description. I do want mention the author’s narration, though. His words are colorful and uniquely descriptive. To show you what I mean, here is a short excerpt from the book:
“Fannie’s neck sunk into her shoulders. So much for happy unicorns dancing on rainbows. This castle was about as inviting as crawling foot fungus and maggot cheese. Fiery torches hung all about the outside castle walls, giving the castle an eerie and even more threatening look. It had a splintered wood and stone bridge with a moat underneath. A stinky, nose-tickling smell came up from the moat, and the water swirled around like chunky soap. The castle bridge led to two, huge, brass doors. There were two towers that looked like twisted and gnarled trees. Each tower grew out of the castle and reached into the moonlit clouds above. The stones that made up the castle were weathered and speckled in green, sticky moss. Cockroaches ran in and out of the cracks in the castle walls like they were looking for something to munch on. The windows in the castle were big enough to peek out, but not big enough to crawl out. The castle gave one the feeling that whatever went into it may never come back out again. Fannie heard the rustling and crunching sounds of leaves all around the castle, except there were no leaves to be seen.”
In conclusion, “Fritz Fombie and the Frightful Feats of Courage” is a wild ride through the Forest of Shifting Paths on the backs of giant chickens. (Yes, it really is!) There are zombies, strange creatures, and colorful narration galore – as well as a bit of romance between the main character Fannie and her boyfriend Frank. If you like silliness and outlandishness, you’ll enjoy “Fritz Fombie and the Frightful Feats of Courage.”
A group of children, fifth graders, get carried off to another World by blue fire fly’s! Once there, they end up in a land of adventure involving magic, dragons, and all sorts of strange and not nice critters. They manage to solve all their problems by working together as a group – but just end up at the end of their path. The book sort of had no ending but the characters were cute, funny and enjoyable to read about. The pictures in the book would have been fun to color, if you could print them out but Kindle wouldn’t let you do that!
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
My daughter and I read the first book together and fell in love with the characters! It was such a cute story and fun plot. Just what she needed to read to give courage to her shy personality. We were so excited to see the second book is out now. She insisted on reading without me this time but I can't wait to get my hands on it! It's been pulling teeth to get her to read ALL summer so I am tickled pink she has hardly put it down and takes it everywhere with us! She's 9 years old and says "it's so funny and soooo good!" She loves being able to feel connected to Fanny in the story. She's even decided to go as Fritz for bookoween at school this year!
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016
I received this book at Imaginarium 2016 in Louisville, KY. I had read the first book, and liked it very much. I love the characters. They're very adorable, imaginative, and of course, brave. Fritz is awesome. I highly recommend this to young children. Read it now!