Philip Pullman takes a new tack and comes up a winner. Off of a London East End
street there is a close and on that close live a faithful group of friends. Led
by Thunderbolt Dobney and a whirlwind of chaos and brilliance by the name of
Benny Kaminsky, these kids make up for their empty pockets with the riches of
imagination. Trying to get an homemade waxwork of their favorite hot chestnut
seller into the wax museum is all in an afternoons work. Ferreting out a gang of
currency forgers takes just a little bit longer. These kids are direct
descendants of “the Baker Street Irregulars” by way of “Emil and the
Detectives.” Love Pullman as I do, I wasn’t expecting this wonderful romp from
the man who gave me “His Dark Materials.” Still, his matchless storytelling and
really funny prose shine like stars.
Perfect for the 3rd - 6th grade boy or girl in your house.
--Reviewed by Elizabeth from Books Inc. Alameda