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.