Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about a different sort of book than I usually review, and that is Happyland by Tes Mekonnen. This book was sent to me unsolicited by the author, so thank you for sending this my way because I really enjoyed it! I will say that if you have any interest at all, do not read the synopsis. It like spoils the entire book. But I am super excited to discuss this book, so let’s go ahead and get into the review!
“Would you like to court me to Happyland?” Prince Gobbledygook asks Lily Marshmallow and himself. Therein the journey begins to find Happyland. Follow him as he tries to define happiness with a little help from his friends, Big Wig Sophisticated Pig, Brutus Beaujolais and Cornelius Wordbook, an English gentleman with a book-for-a-head. Prince Gobbledygook duels, loses his ladylove, regains his original name and gains a friendship that will last for fourforevers. Will they make it to Happyland?”
This book was definitely different from other books I have read. I do believe some of the language in the beginning of the book threw me off and confused me, but after I got used to it, the story flowed right along with the unique writing style. I think it really fit the story because it is a very quirky story. I think that the story was super cute, and I really enjoyed it. But I had a couple of issues with it.
I am confused as to who the intended audience is. I don’t think adults would enjoy this book as much as children would, and I don’t think teenagers would either. I feel like its a story that fits the audience of children, but there are cuss words in this book that children do not need to be reading. The cuss words just felt super out of place and ended up pulling me out of the story when one of the characters cussed. Definitely wasn’t a fan of that aspect…
While I did say I really liked the quirky and different writing style, there were times where I thought it should have been dialed back just a little bit. It got to a point where I was trying to comprehend what was happening in one paragraph and I just could not understand it with the language that was used. But that is totally something that can be easily fixed.
I think my favorite thing about this book was definitely the illustrations. They really helped me to picture these characters as I was having trouble with the brief descriptions we are given in the story. I thought the illustrations were absolutely gorgeous, and its worth it to just read this for that alone. I think its some of my absolute favorite artwork I have seen ever, and I am so glad it was included in the novel.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book. I loved all of the quirky characters and the different writing style as well as the unique setting. I thought it was a super cute story, and I really enjoyed it.
And there you have it! That was my review of Happyland by Tes Mekonnen. What is your favorite fairytale? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!