Tuesday 15 March 2011

The Floods: Lost

Lost (Floods) Lost (Floods) by Colin Thompson (Random House)
PB RRP $15.95
ISBN 978-1-8647-1946-8
Reviewed by Oliver Phommavanh

The Floods continue to ‘reign’ havoc in their latest adventure for younger readers and fans who have grown up with the kooky family. The Floods have returned to their homeland of Transylvania Waters, ready to rule once again. However, the country needs to be brought up to date with the latest technology and trends. For starters, Transylvania Waters doesn’t even have an official map. So Winchflat’s new wife Maldegard has been appointed as the new mapmaker.

However Maldegard and her assistant Edna discover that almost of the towns, streets and places don’t have a name at all. So they’ve become ‘namers’ too. The two ladies set up on a fabulous journey that will take them to weird and wacky places.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I read Flood series for the footnotes. They’ve become hilarious and largely irrelevant with every new book. Thompson has a blast, writing pockets of silly comments and observations that take you into his life. His commentary on Facebook and Twitter are priceless.

Of course, there is plenty of clever wordplay and humour in the main story, especially with Maldegard and Edna’s name choices. They meet some bumbling locals who don’t see the point in knowing where they are.
There’s a cool sub-plot that sees different groups trying to overthrow the Floods as the rulers of Transylvania Waters. Long term Thompson fans will love the little cameo from a classic character.

The Floods: Lost is another ripping read from Thompson and with the next book, Disasterchef in the works, there will be more laughs ahead. Recommended for ages 9 and up.      

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