Book Review: The Marvellous Land of Snergs

Posted August 26, 2022 by geograph in adventure, fantasy, middle grade, review / 0 Comments

The Marvellous Land of Snergs by Veronica Cossanteli
307 pages
published August 30th, 2022

A funny, quirky, brand-new story based on E.A. Wyke-Smith’s classic, the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, featuring wonderful illustrations from Melissa Castrillón.

At the Sunny Bay Home for Superfluous and Accidentally Parentless Children, Pip and Flora were never good at following the rules. When Flora is kidnapped, they find themselves in the Marvelous Land of Snergs, a magical place of cinnamon bears and scrumptious feasts, vegan ogres and disgraced jesters, and a villain dressed entirely in purple.

Their main ally is the forgetful but lovable snerg, Gorbo, who promises to lead them home. That is, if they can get past the wicked Widow Meldrum and her dastardly schemes.

A must-read fantasy adventure full of humor and charm, this whimsical delight will enchant Tolkien enthusiasts both young and old.

“I should like to record my own love and my children’s love of E. A. Wyke-Smith’s Marvelous Land of Snergs … and of Gorbo, jewel of a companion in an escapade.”—J.R.R. Tolkien

Okay. This book looks GREAT. There are even illustrations. It’s beautifully laid out. The style of writing is very much THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH or EVA IBBOTSON style. However. I did not finish this book. I absolutely could not get through it. Why? Because one of the main character’s names is Gorbo and I simply could not handle that. So. Fair warning to you.

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