Kingdom of Blong is the battle between good and evil. It is an action-packed thrilling read. I so admire Karen McMillan’s inventiveness. For the Kingdom of Blong she has again created a cast of fascinating anthropomorphic creatures. Some are purely imaginary like the bilbies. But the sagacious Heathcliff is based on her husband Iain’s real-life pet.
She has made the cat’s palace into a wondrous place. And to extend young readers’ literary knowledge has playfully inserted plaques all over its walls with feline quotes from famous authors including Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway.
As a grandparent I heartily recommend this book aimed at 7–12-year-olds. And the adventurous four who are courageous enough to stand up for the weak are great role models.
Miss Nine is a consummate fan of the Elastic Island Adventures. The four children and their cat Blong have become almost like members of the family; she speaks of them as if she knows them personally!
High adventure rules in this story. There is a kidnapping, treason, a mystery to be solved, warfare (between cats and bilbies), and plenty of magic. It is real escapist stuff, but with links to the real world through local places (Browns Bay and the Pacific Ocean). There is also the inevitable teasing that goes on within a group when the members all know one another well. Miss Nine loved this; she said the best part of arguments within a family or small friendship group is being able to give one another a hard time while being aware that at the end of the day you are still all there to support one another. Even if your name is Kiri or Ethan! 10/10.
~ Kiwi Reviews
This series is a lot of fun, easy to read and brings up problems that we humans have in our own society. Reluctant readers will have no problem with these stories.
Auckland author Karen McMillan is the author of 17 books, published in nine countries, a mixture of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Karen writes the popular Elastic Island Adventure series for children, that is in early development to be made into a series of animated movies.
Karen lives in Auckland, and is currently writing the next instalment in the Elastic Island Adventures series. She has created teacher notes for each of the Elastic Island Adventure novels; these can be downloaded from Karen’s website.
Find out more about Karen and how to contact her on her author profile.