By: Sam Gayton
Illustrated by: Alice Ratterree
Have you heard of the tale that’s short and tall? There’s an island in the world where everything is small!
She is a girl three inches tall with eyes like drops of dew. Her clothes are cut from handkerchiefs and stitched with spider silk. For half her life, she has been trapped in a birdcage while her giant kidnapper sits below her, writing in a leather-bound book. Her name is Lily, and tonight she is escaping. She is going home. To Lilliput. (from book cover)
After suffering years of ridicule for his “fanciful” tales of travel, Lemuel Gulliver returned to the nation of Lilliput to find his proof. Lily is that proof and Gulliver has done everything in his power to keep his prisoner from escaping as he hides away, working on his book, in the attic of the most nefarious clock maker in London. With the help of the clock maker’s apprentice, and a jolly, rhyming chocolatier and his talking parrot, Señior Chitchat, Lily might finally get her freedom and her home back. But first they must get past not only Gulliver but the scheming clock maker as well!
A thrilling tale based on Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, this middle grade book is fast-paced and full of adventure. Because Gayton focused on the action and plot, the details are a little lacking; however, this makes for an enjoyable quick read. The illustrations, spread out nicely throughout the book, enhance the story without overpowering it. With a couple of darker scenes and themes, this is a great book for young readers who are not quite ready to make the jump into the deep end of young adult novels but still want a little bit of suspense and danger.
Reviewed by: Meredith (Harrington Library)