We love this series from Guy Bass & Pete Williamson for Guy’s fantabulous twisted fantasy writing with creatively eccentric vocabulary and lots of laugh out loud silliness whilst exploring empathy and concepts of loneliness. Williamson adds the final flourish of perfection with the moody spooky and yet just-playful-enough-not-to-be-too-scary illustrations!
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I like Luna, I like the way she looks but I also think Skeleton Keys is funny! I like the things he says like Ankle Sprouts, Dollywanglers and when he gets turned into a chicken!! BUK BUK Bwark!Littlefae-
The Gorblimey of The Unimaginary Friend was a HUGE hit in my house, so Luna Moon had a LOT to live up to, so I am delighted to say that both girls enjoyed it so thoroughly that Littlefae who enjoyed the book before me was so excited she immediately spoilered the end because it was such a good twist!!
Old Man Moon is dead, and the only one who seems sad is his granddaughter Luna. Between ‘Jolly Jolly Joy’ Dancing and celebrating that they can eat as much cake as they want Luna’s family seem happier that Old Man Moon has passed… that is until he seems to be wreaking his revenge from beyond the grave turning the family into inanimate objects. Of course provoking Skeleton Keys and Daisy to investigate!
“When all this silliness is over we’re going to read every book in here and there’s not a thing Old Man Moon can do about it,” said Dad, giving Luna a wink. “We’re going to read them all, out loud, and with all the funny voices. We’ll turn down the corners of the pages and break the spines! Take that you rotten old monster!”
We are big fans of Skeleton Keys, there’s something of the dashing dandy about him from the way he impeccably mannered way he speaks to the outfit, and his idiosyncrasies make the rip roaring pace of the narrative and absolute joy amidst what could be considered dark ideas (my mum was a little shocked by the opening scenes of joy at the death of Old Man Moon)
But then that’s totally the wicked humour of children, both Littlefae and Tinyfae were enthralled hearing this adventure unfold, and became invested and worried in the story for the outcome of characters they had become attached to and giggling throughout at the silliness!
“Of course a few spine-chills and teeth-chatters can be good for the constitution, but I would not want any of you to be making puddles in your undergarments”
As always Guy Bass and Pete Williamson have brought absolute joy with their twisted tales filled with dark, moody yet exciting and immersive illustrations we look forward to many more stories with Skeleton Keys, Daisy and their adventures with the unimagined!
That Skeleton is funny, I like him but I do NOT like Mr Malarky 😠Tinyfae
Skeleton Keys: The Haunting of Luna Moon by Guy Bass & Pete Williamson is published by Little Tiger Press.
Thank you so much to Little Tiger Press and Lauren Ace for my copy 💜