Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Translucent Boy and the Man Who Walked to the Moon is a work of fiction in the fantasy adventure subgenre, and it forms the fourth novel of the Translucent Boy series. It is best suited to young adult and mature middle-grade reading audiences and was penned by author Tom Hoffman. In this exciting new installment, our titular hero faces his biggest challenge yet when a vacation-gone-wrong sends him and Selena spiraling into a world of prehistoric dangers, lava, and futuristic world-hopping. With the fate of the world at stake, can Odo and the squad get the right help before it’s too late?
Having read many a work in this truly enchanting series, I’m always excited to see what author Tom Hoffman does next with Odo and the gang, and this time-shifting adventure packed with aliens and dinosaurs was his most exciting plot yet! I really love the visual, cinematic writing style that Hoffman produces, which is easily imagined for younger readers but also stylistically and lexically complex enough to spark imagination for adult readers too. There is a sophisticated balance of whimsy and emotional resonance to the dialogue that endears readers to the characters and their personal growth journeys, leaving the impression of parting with dear friends when you reach the novel’s epic conclusion. Overall, The Translucent Boy and the Man Who Walked to the Moon is another triumph, and I highly recommend it to all Tom Hoffman fans out there, as well as those lucky fantasy readers who are about to discover him.