Maddy Kettle

Maddy Kettle

The Adventure of the Thimblewitch

Book - 2014
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"Maddy Kettle... looks fantastic- every panel exudes quirky, gorgeous atmosphere. " - NPR

Eleven-year-old Maddy loved working in her parents' bookstore... especially when joined by her pet flying toad Ralph. But that was before the mysterious Thimblewitch turned her mom & dad into kangaroo rats!
Now Maddy's on the adventure of a lifetime. To save her parents, she'll need to sneak past an army of spider-goblins, scarecrow warriors, and much more... Fortunately, an assortment of new friends await, including the cloud cartographers Harry and Silvio, a bear and raccoon who explore the world in their moon-balloon. They'll help her along the way, but in the end, the fate of everyone will depend on Maddy's courage, compassion, and creativity.
Full of surprises and stunning artwork, Maddy Kettle is a truly magical debut for Spectrum-Award-winning cartoonist Eric Orchard. Climb aboard and let your imagination soar!

"The tale is a stream of imaginative twists and aerial wonders, flowing along easily in a mix of full-page scenes and large sequential panels of lucidly drawn action and pithy dialogue. A sweet-mannered debut with plenty of lift." -- Kirkus

"Quirky, beautifully illustrated, and frankly looks like it's going to be an instant classic. Don't miss it." -- io9
Publisher: Atlanta, Georgia : Top Shelf Productions, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781603090728
Characteristics: 89 pages :,chiefly colour illustrations ;,23 cm
Alternative Title: Adventure of the Thimblewitch

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skyekilaen
Oct 13, 2018

A strange little graphic novel about a girl whose parents were turned into kangaroo rats by the Thimblewitch. Maddy wishes her Mom and Dad could be human again. But things go from bad to worse when the Thimblewitch's spider-goblins kidnap her parents. Maddy, of course, sets out to save them. The plot moves along quite briskly - almost racing from one point to the next without time for the story to breathe - but the unique art, the magic, and Maddy's strength make up for it. There are definitely scary and spooky elements in this, but everything works out in the end without anyone having to be defeated. Really liked this.

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Kestrel01
Jun 14, 2017

Omg this book was the best book ever I'm gonna cry I can't even explain it's amazingness it deserves every award you must must must must read it!!!!! Only thing I have a problem with is that it's too short and there has to be more books!!!!!! I'm really excited because the end ended on a hook so hopefully Eric orchard will make another one !!!!!!!!

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freckled2much
Dec 19, 2015

The character illustrations are imaginative and interesting, but the story itself felt a little disjointed and hard to get into. I felt the need to jump ahead to the end to get an idea of what was going on, then I was able to go back to the beginning and fill in the blanks. A little more back story in the beginning would have gone a long way to help this out.

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Kestrel01
Jun 14, 2017

Kestrel01 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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