This rippingly entertaining anti-fairytale follows the misadventures of Tom Thorneval - a very likable half-fairy Dreammaker hoping to make it big in the world of men. Unfortunately, his plan has drawn the ire of Fate, and Tom is robbed of all his dreams shortly after setting out on his grand adventure.
With his loyal (if slightly insane) stoat Wix, a devastated Tom battles on through a series of horrifically funny misfortunes as he makes his way towards what he hopes is the Grand Goblin Fair, only to draw farther away from it in the process. Will the courageous half-fairy make it back to his true love Mary?
Will she be waiting for him? Or will all the orcs, imps, witches, dwarves and mysterious creatures that line the forest paths ruin his one chance at happiness? The answer lies in the pages of this innovative literary event that races middle-schoolers through a Pythonesque world of music, color and wild adventure.
Readers are invited to listen to the three songs from the tale with their smartphones and go on to learn the über-catchy, author-composed melodies at the Addison's Tales channel on MuseScore.com. With its philosophical turns and fable-like qualities, Tom Thorneval is a modern twist on what it's like to be a little dreamer in a big world.
Reader Reviews on Goodreads
"Goblins and Fairies and Witches oh my! This is probably the best fantastical story I have read in a long time."
"This book was like a blast from the past, it was fairy tales, adventure, misfortune, and a choose your own all wrapped into one beautiful package."
"An enchanting musical fairytale - or more accurately, anti-fairytale - aiming to reach a young audience but which will please both children and adults."
"Tom Thorneval has everything a fantasy book should have; witches, goblins, trolls and adventure."
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Storyworld: Addison's Tales
Creator: C. E. Addison (Cornelius Addison)
Paperback dimensions: 133mm (w) x 190mm (h) x 13mm (d)
Kirkus Reviews Excerpt
"Tom is a down-to-earth narrator, and his dream making is as clever as Roald Dahl’s in The BFG (1982). His adventures are also reminiscent of traveling through Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, and the driving later subplot of the book ... ends well. Although the book is the first in a planned series, the story feels complete and self-contained. It also includes QR codes to play the music included in the book, which is a nice touch for readers with the proper technology."
About the Author
For more info about the creator C. E. Addison, visit him in his cottage surrounded by the characters he has purchased from Mack the Character Merchant. Scroll around the cottage to learn about his characters and follow the links to their tales available in your preferred format. The first suggested tale is “The Dream”, where Mr Addison meets Mack. To learn more about the Addison's Tales storyworld, click here.
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