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Wishapick - Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk

by Allen MM

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Reviewed by Patti Teel - Dream Flight Productions

MM Allen’s new book, Wishapick, Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk, is a timeless tale which takes readers on a breathtaking adventure. MM weaves a tapestry made of adversity, and hope that cannot be extinguished. It hints of a mysterious secret that is hidden just beneath the surface of our hero’s consciousness. It’s a tale of courage and daring with loveable characters who quickly become cherished friends. The book has a companion CD with original music and lyrics by Deborah Wynne. While the book can stand solidly on its own, the music spellbindingly supplements, hand in glove, the storyline and adds a brilliant complement to this enchanting story. Listeners of all ages will experience delightful vocals and unforgettable melodies beautifully and imaginatively orchestrated. Like the story itself, the songs take listeners on a journey that is at times humorous and at other moments dramatic, whimsical and inspirational. Mark my words, the book is destined to become a children’s classic to be enjoyed for generations.

Reviewed by Robert Johnson - Bob Johnson Gallery

I haven’t had as much fun reading a tall tale in, I don’t know how long? I read it over three very busy days. I couldn’t wait to get back to it – Jack and Lilly were up to something and I wanted to know! What did the pudding have to do with anything? MM - thank you for the imaginative and warm heart-beats. The music is fantastical! Robert Johnson – author and artist

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite - 5 Stars

Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk is a children's adventure fantasy written by M.M. Allen. It's been two years since Jack's father died, and Jack's still angry about it. He misses his dad and the adventures they used to have together. His sister, Lilly, is a bit of a nuisance, and his mother just doesn't understand or appreciate what Jack's going through or is interested in. The black steamer trunk is a good example of that. It's been sitting there locked away, and his mother won't let him have the key to open it, despite the fact that Jack's father always said that they'd open it together. When Lilly shows Jack the key on a day when their mother is away, Jack knows instantly what he wants to do. Lilly had overhead their mother discussing the key's hiding place and figured that she'd be in on the adventure, but Jack is determined to open the steamer trunk on his own.

M.M. Allen's fantasy adventure story for children, Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk, is an exciting and original tale about a brother and sister who discover a hidden world inside of a black steamer trunk. Jack and Lilly are marvelous characters who are joined in their quest by a grand cast of denizens of that world, who also happen to be animals. I think my favorite has to be the wolf, Winston, whose bad teeth cause him to spend too much time in the dentist's chair, and his sweetheart, Miss Bailey, the dentist assistant, who just happens to be a skunk. Allen's story is well plotted and fast-paced, and her use of imagery and description makes the world of Wishapick and its inhabitants come alive. Allen's story is accompanied by a CD containing a musical score and a collection of songs written and performed by Deborah Wynne. Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk is recommended for young fans of the fantasy genre. ( )
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