Book Review: Malamander by Thomas Taylor

by Thomas Taylor

Publication date: (Expected) May 2nd 2019
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 304


Malamander is told from the perspective of Herbert Lemon, the Lost-and-Founder of the Grand Nautilus Hotel, who tries to unite objects that have been left at the hotel with their owners. Other characters in the story include Violet Palma, who is lost and needs to be found, and the eponymous Malamander, who controls people’s dreams.

Source: Goodreads


I won this proof copy in a Twitter competition run by Wordery. It’s children’s literature, but that didn’t stop my enjoying the story of 12 year olds Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma.

Herbert Lemon, or Herbie to his friends, works in the Lost and Foundery at a local hotel. He spends his days finding clues to reunite lost belongings with their owners. Then one day Violet arrives followed by a mysterious and frightening man with a hook for a hand. Who is this sinister man and what does he want with Violet? What really happened to Violet’s parents when they went missing over a decade ago?

Set in the seaside town of Eerie-on-Sea, this book takes place in the winter, when the tourists have gone home and the locals are threatened by a dangerous sea monster called the ‘Malamander’. In a quest to uncover the truth, Herbie and Violet face a number of challenges and solve a number of mysteries on their way. On this journey, the duo take trip to the Eerie Book Dispensary, a place I particularly enjoyed reading about. It’s a kind of pharmacy prescribing a suitable book whatever your situation – I’d love to pop in to see what I would be recommended!

This book was so fun, from the quirky character names to the imaginative puns used throughout. I enjoyed this fast-paced adventure and I’m sure the target audience of 10-12 year olds will love it even more.

Overall rating: “Malamander” is a really fun read which comes highly recommended for its target audience. I’ve just found out that this book is going to be part of a series, and wish the author all the best with that!

“Malamander” will be released on 2nd May 2019. No one has asked or paid me to do this, but if this sounds like something you’d enjoy, head over to Wordery and pick up a copy here.

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