I hope you are well. It’s lovely to stay in touch with you during lockdown, even if it is by reading your books. We have a new set of book clubbers to introduce the wonderful imagination of Abi Elphinstone to this year, so I thought that Rumble Star would be an appropriate place for them to begin their journey and what a journey it was…. They loved it! The world left them breathless and wanting MORE! Here are their reviews and thoughts. As you can see from the photos, they couldn’t put the book down!
Hoping all is well with you and your little elves. Helena
I absolutely loved all the characters but my favourite character is Arlo. He is smart, friendly and never gives up.
I also loved the just-in case. It is so clever and appropriate at all times.
I really liked the idea of frozen lightening armour and phoenix tears.
I loved when Utterly says ‘Cross is what happens when you burn toast or forget an umbrella. I’m not cross; I’m just unbelievably fierce.’
I also liked when Casper said ‘I did tell you that I am never, ever late. Especially when it comes to rescuing a friend.’
I really like magical creatures and unknown kingdoms. I couldn’t put the book down because there was so much information. I really liked it because there were so many characters. My favourite character is Arlo because he is very clever at everything including riddles. I like the fact that Arlo is determined to keep Utterly safe know matter what.
I personally think you tried really hard to write Rumblestar, and what a great book it is.
From Amy Storey
Dear Abi (great author),
What I loved about your book ( Rumble Star) was it was that it was about friendship and I personally think that’s super lovely of you to write a book like that. (Your characters all had really weird names by the way!) and my favourite character was Arlo as you wrote a very good description about him, which in my mind made him look very cute. I also loved Arlo because he is very clever in the story and cares for everyone( especially Utterly, who I also loved). He also saves Utterly Thankless and Casper Tock from the witches hut on the Witches Fingers River by letting the two friends know what the answer to the riddle was that the three witches had given Casper & Utterly & I think Arlo. It was also mainly Arlo who saved Rumble Star as he, as I just said, got the group of three out of the witches hut, otherwise they could’ve still been in the witches hut. I do have to be honest with you, after Arlo saved them from the Witches Fingers River he wasn’t really in the story much which I thought was a bit sad, and I am just going to repeat again that he kind of saved Rumble Star.
As I said at the start, I still really love your book and think it is an amazing book and you should carry on writing as you are absolutely brilliant at it. I love you personally as a writer as I don’t know you in person of course, but as I said before you ARE A STAR THAT SOMETIMES RUMBLES!
From Reya xxxx
When Casper got to the Hot Air Balloon Sky Soar 9000 it felt like I was Casper .The hot air balloon was very prepared and could actually talk .The balloon has lots of stuff that surprises you like the haches 1,2,3,4,5 . Tt is very funny when zip says in the LIKELY event… and normally it says in the UNLIKELY event… ,that was probably scary for Casper .What is the most hilarious is if there is a fire or sudden tilt all you do is cry, I mean that won’t save you! Zip couldn’t be more surprising. I like it when the balloon saves Utterly from falling to her death. Casper liked the hot air balloon because there right next to him was a prepared hot air balloon who liked plans. I think it made him feel a little bit more comfortable and safe. I liked it when Casper said “I told you I was never ever late, especially when it comes to saving a friend”.
I loved Rumblestar! It’s one of my new favourite books.
My absolute favourite bit was near the beginning, after Utterly Thankless had dragged Casper Tock to the Lofty Husks, but before they met them. It was the bit with them walking on the carpet.
This page made me laugh out loud at the carpet’s remarks. I liked it as the carpet says the words like a loving Aunty, cooing, but it is sarcastic. This makes me think of a funny lady who pulls people’s cheeks.
Like I’ve said, I also like the red carpet as it is sarcastic as when Casper looks like he is pesky and the opposite of important, yet the carpet said he was.
Another bit which I loved was with the tree which Casper had turned up in after transporting from the cupboard in his school.
What I love about this, is that the tree knows the truth, yet it didn’t help Casper in the situation, which made me think, maybe the tree wanted Casper to loosen up. So I thought for three days whilst reading this book about this, which fascinated me.
And Hayley couldn’t put it down.