Ifflepinn Island

A Tale to Read Aloud for Green-growing Children and Evergreen Adults

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
408 Pages
Reviewed on 01/22/2017
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Author Biography

Muz Murray is a world-travelling adventurer and performance storyteller, a surrealist artist and illustrator; previously a Scenic Artist & Costume Designer and actor in theatre and film, stuntman and singer, zoo-keeper, elephant trainer, art teacher, deckhand, Night-club singer and many other weird and wonderful occupations, whilst hitch-hiking halfway round the world (being shot at by bandits, surviving knife attacks, hold-ups, poisoned darts and earthquakes in Africa) crossing deserts, living with Dervishes in Turkey and Iran and Yogis in India, As a mystic, he has been quietly teaching in Yoga Centres around the world.
Because of his many wild adventures, the Mind-Body-Spirit journals have named him "The Indiana Jones of Yoga."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Ifflepinn Island by Muz Murray is a whimsical story set in a little village over the hills and far away. One day, the villagers wake up to see their gardens filled with froaks. Inside the Ifflesnug, young Iffleplum realizes that it is not an ordinary day; it is the first day of Spring. Because of foolish bravado, Iffleplum loses the spirit of his heart in shock. The story takes an unexpected turn as Iffleplum goes in search of his wayward elfin-heart. Will Iffleplum be able to regain his heart and return back to Merryvale?

The story has many dimensions to it and stimulates the imaginations of young readers with its wonderful characters, like Ifflepaw, Mumkin, Froaks, Eavesdroppers, Grubbing Hawkweed, Fluffykins the timid vegetarian wolf, and the scary shadow-creatures known as Gropes. The magical moments will captivate readers and the author’s detailed descriptions make the scenes vivid. A lot of messages and insights run through the plot, and the author weaves them in seamlessly amid all the excitement, suspense, and adventures that happen as the story progresses. Children will be transported to another world and will enjoy reading this adventure story as it takes them to unknown places where they otherwise would not imagine going!

The illustrations are delightful and they breathe life into the characters and scenes as readers get to see many spiritual insights along with the adventure, humor, and pathos. Every chapter will keep readers guessing as to what is going to happen next. This book is a must-read for all children who love excitement, adventure, and whimsy.