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MIss Mae, what amazing things go on in that head of yours and thank you for sharing them with all of us. You filled my head with zany and colorful pictures.
Ahoy Gum Drop! states above that it is for children 5-7 but it should include their parents and others who enjoy tongue in cheek and play on words humor. It is a wacky story featuring all types of life forms with very entertaining names. The chapters are short so little ones can listen to one or more at a time and not get bored. It was definitely entertaining when the characters started arguing over when a chapter was to end or begin.
Owen McCuen is amazing at voicing the human and non-human characters. His inflections were a wonderful tribute to snark for young and old. Your vocalizations drew me into the story as a participant and not an outsider.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
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What did you love best about Ahoy Gum Drop!?
Those of you who are fans of I.B, Nosey's off-the-wall interviews will be right at home with Miss Mae's highly imaginative Ahoy Gum Drop! Those who aren't, well, here is your chance to experience the inspired lunacy of characters who occupy Gum Drop Island and environs ... a fun ride for the whole family. Now, if you want a nice, neat, linear story, well, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you want a literary carnival ride that takes you places that you can only dream about, then you've found your tome. Follow the protagonist down the rabbit hole into a world of controlled chaos, filled with whacky characters and strange adventures ... it is kinda like Uncle Wiggily meets Baron Von Munchausen ... or maybe Peter Pan meets the Matrix.
Which character – as performed by Owen McCuen – was your favorite?
Cudos to Mr. McCuen for bringing all the whacky characters to life with an amazing array of voices and dialects. He is an accomplished reader and actor. Good find, there Miss Mae.
Any additional comments?
A fun ride with a sweet message (in more ways than one) that doesn't take itself too seriously ... plenty of winks and nods to the reader that keep it all in good fun.
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I love the silly sense of humour, the puns and tongue in cheek ideas, well done!
I wanted to read this book as the synopsis intrigued me, but due to time constraints, I opted to download this as an audiobook. I am glad I did, because it was the most entertaining read I have come across so far this year!
The story is narrated by Owen McCuen. I absolutely LOVED his narration! His voice and cadence is wonderful and he made all the characters come alive!
I usually do character breakdowns in my reviews, but I have a little trouble doing this for the main character, who narrates this story in the style of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, as she actually didn't have a name. However, we are introduced to several characters including Sir O Yuri Wiseguy-eh and well known journalist, I.B. Nosy.
This story has a fantastical plot, which kept me hooked from beginning to end. There are several references and play on words that would go over a child's head, but adults would pick them up with ease. This is a sweet (literally, as it deals with candy and chocolate) adventure that is so nonsensical and humourous, I found myself highly entertained. The story starts at No Particular Place and ends on Gum Drop Island. Moldy Corners is a strange and magical place, where candy is grown and harvested to be sold around the world. I could almost imagine Willy Wonka visiting Gum Drop Island and Moldy Corners to place an order or two; it would be interesting indeed if he did! I am not sure what age range this book is aimed at, but I sat with a smile on my face all the way through the story. The only problem I found with this story is that it was too short! It is only 2 hours and 19 minutes long. However, this length would be ideal for children to listen to a chapter or two at bedtime.
Miss Mae has written a wonderfully imaginative story that will enchant adults and children alike. I love her writing style, which is fast paced enough to keep even the most fidgety youngster enthralled, and the flow was wonderful.
I highly recommend this book to children aged 5 upwards and to adults looking for a quick, light read. - Lynn Worton