by Nigel Quinlan
MacMillan Children’s Publishing
Neil and Liz measure their lives by the regularity of the seasons, until one year when autumn doesn’t arrive and all-weather breaks loose.
Neil and Liz Maloney have a secret: Their father is the keeper of the Weatherbox, a magical phone booth that rings four times a year, signaling the changing of the seasons. But this summer when the family gathers to send off the season, the phone doesn’t ring and autumn does not arrive. Instead a mysterious tourist of magic shows up at their doorstep, along with two nonsensical hags and one cat-shaped bog beast. The only one not taken by surprise is their neighbor Mrs. Fitzgerald, who seems to be able to make the elements of weather itself do her bidding.
Now it’s up to Neil and Liz to discover the source of Mrs. Fitzgerald’s power and restore order to the climate.
This book had me at magical phone box. We are all about magic phone boxes since we discovered Doctor Who. So I was ready to jump into this book. So happy I did. I think the Irish country side setting made it even more magical and a delight to read. The book goes back and forth between characters smoothly and gives you a whole fully developed story. The Maloney’s are an interesting family full of fun, magic and quirks that make them even more like-able. The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox is full of fantasy and action that will keep the reader whether it’s a boy or girl interested. This book would also make for a great read aloud either at home, the classroom or even over many library hours at school. This book is a great fit for so many readers, whether they enjoy fantasy, action, or weather related stories. There is a bit of something for everyone in this charming little book. This book is full of many layers to the story and I hope I get to travel on more adventures with the magical Maloney’s!
thank you netgalley and MacMillan Children’s Publishing for allowing me to read and review The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.