Official Review: The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman

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Re: Official Review: The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman

Post by Samanthajayne12 » 15 Jun 2018, 02:07

I’m not a huge fan of magic realism, so as the review suggests, I’m not sure this book would be for me!

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Post by Do57 » 15 Jun 2018, 02:12

This is an honest review. Tells you what to expect and therefore enables you to decide whether to read the book or not.

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Post by Chanti Stargirl » 15 Jun 2018, 02:18

With the prose, magic, and underlying messages all woven into a beautiful story, this sounds like an amazing book. I definitely want to read this one. Thank you for your review.

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Post by chelhack » 15 Jun 2018, 02:22

Thank you for the great review I am going to add this book to my shelf.
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Post by eddix » 15 Jun 2018, 02:26

Thanks for your review. Your highlights make the book sound interesting. I think I'll take a read.

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Post by wizzyjaiye2000 » 15 Jun 2018, 02:35

My review on the improbable wonders of moojie little man by Robin Gregory:

In this YA coming-of-age novel, a disabled boy goes to live on his grandfather’s farm, meets a mysterious clan, and discovers special powers.

All Moojie wants to do is belong, but he never seems to fit in. Discovered as a foundling in a small California coastal town in 1892—with the name “Moojie” scrawled on his forehead—he’s adopted by the Littlemans. As a very small child, he can make objects fly using only his mind, among other unusual abilities. But he “didn’t talk or walk when he should have,” and “his left arm seemed only half-awake”; he needs crutches and leg braces as well, which disappoints his Papa. Moojie grows up lonely with only one friend: a deaf cat named Phineas. His warm, loving Mamma dies when he’s 8, and Papa takes the boy and his cat to his father Pappy’s place, St. Isidore’s Fainting Goat Dairy in the Valley of Sorrows. Although he’s warned against Hostiles in the surrounding wilderness, Moojie—now a teenager—glimpses a barefoot girl stealing eggs, and he’s determined to know more: “He ached for friendship, to be a valued member of something. That girl couldn’t have been alone.” He seeks out her clan; they come from far away, speak in riddles, address Moojie as “my lord,” and have much to teach him. He falls for Babylonia, the beautiful egg-stealer, and discovers within himself the ability to heal animals and people—but when trouble brews on several fronts, Moojie faces a difficult choice. Gregory’s debut novel weaves together familiar elements, such as an outcast with special powers, in unexpected ways. Moojie is endearing and sympathetic but never infantilized because of his disability. Despite the book’s many serious themes, which Gregory handles well, it also has a light touch. The author’s verbal playfulness adds to the book’s fun, as when an aunt swallows Moojie “in a pentamorous hug, her body all tentacles and suction.” The book’s mysticism is lucidly presented, and its magical realism is effective, moving, and heartening.

A lively, original take on a story of a boy with more limits—and more magic—than most.

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Post by Rosemary Wright » 15 Jun 2018, 02:48

An enchanting tale about family and finding one's inner strength. This YA adult story seems appealing. Thanks for the review.

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Post by sanjus » 15 Jun 2018, 02:49

i like to read such magic and supernatural book especially which are for young and adults. Thanks for review giving insight of the book which makes it more intriguing especially the character Moojie
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Post by Varsha saini » 15 Jun 2018, 02:57

Heyy!! Thankyou for such a great review. The quote "aye, waiting for love is like waiting for yesterday" made me excited to read this book. It seems such an intresting book because it talks about family and what to do when you are dissatisfied with your family and i would love to know what is the writer's point of view on that. Great going tanaya.

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Post by CaitlynLynch » 15 Jun 2018, 03:13

The line between fantasy and magical realism is quite thin; I think often it's just about the quality of the prose. I think I'll give this one a miss, though. Thanks for the excellent review!

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Post by kwame1977 » 15 Jun 2018, 03:19

Taking charge of your destiny is the best decision one could ever make. Life is what you have made and its all depends on you. This is really a thought provoking situation. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Vivianne Nat » 15 Jun 2018, 03:19

I really appreciate your review as it is very indepth and provides a really good insight about the book. I got ibterested in the story about the family part. Where the protagonist wanted to belong to a family. I think i could reconsider this one.

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Post by TashaCrispin » 15 Jun 2018, 03:19

Wow! I have to get this book. The struggle to belong is for many and a story that talks about it is something I'm super interested in. I can't wait to check out those surprises. Great review!

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Post by Kirbylini » 15 Jun 2018, 03:26

I really like that it's not black and white who the bad guy is, it's more realistic that way. Moojie's character development sounds interesting too. It's frustrating when character's talk in riddles, but if it's done right then it's very rewarding. The hardest part about getting into a book for me is the beginning, but this sounds like it starts off well so I will check it out.

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Post by Ana Njeri » 15 Jun 2018, 03:50

Lovely review. A book that revolves around magic and abandoned child that sounds very interesting.
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