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The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

Written by Will Mabbitt
Illustrated by Ross Collins
Part of the Mabel Jones Series

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Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2015 - June 2015 Debut of the Month Mabel Jones is sleeping soundly when a sudden noise wakes her up. It’s Omynus Hussh, silent loris and pirate, there to press gang her into service to the captain of the Feroshus Maggot, mad wolf (he really is a wolf) Idryss Ebenezer Split. Mabel will have lots of adventures before she can return to the ‘hooman’ world! Part Pirates of the Caribbean, and with a touch of Monty Python thrown in, this is a wildly inventive, hugely enjoyable adventure that must qualify as the year’s best book to read aloud. Piracy, says the narrator, ‘It’s not all golden doubloons and swinging from chandeliers. It’s not all drunken shanties and dancing on a dead man’s chest. Not by a long plank.’ Irresistible! ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Faye Dawson, age 9 - 'I really enjoyed this story, because it was the perfect mix of adventure, excitement and mystery. I would recommend it to all children who have ever fancied being a pirate themselves.'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 9 - 'Thrilling, adventurous and made me lol (laugh out loud)!!'
  • Chloe, age 11 - 'This book was full of adventure. When Mabel is taken into a world without humans she meets new friends and faces dangerous quests. Can Mabel go back to her world? Find out in this book.'
  • Cora Willans, age 8 - 'A really good book. I enjoyed this book and would read it again.'


The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt

The first book by brilliant new comic author, Will Mabbit. When Mabel Jones unknowingly commits 'The Deed' she finds herself swiftly bundled into a sack and carried off to the pirate ship the Feroshus Maggot. Crewed by the strangest bunch of pirates you would ever want to meet and captained by the dreaded Idryss Ebeneezer Split (a wolf with a false leg carved from a human thighbone, a rusty cutlass sheathed in his belt and a loaded pistol tucked in his pants with no fear of the consequences), the Feroshus Maggotwhisks Mabel Jones off on the adventure of a lifetime.

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“From the first few sentences, I knew I was in for a uniquely wild and witty ride. If Lewis Carroll were writing for Monty Python, I imagine it might look something like this.” Christopher Healy, author of the Hero’s Guide series

“A speedy, splashy, snort-out-loud lark. Hints of Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and The Hobbit bubble beneath its fast-paced plot.” Jacqueline West, author of the New York Times bestselling series, The Books of Elsewhere

“Anarchic, adventurous and extremely funny, this is a fantastic debut at the younger end of middle-grade: think Mr Gum or the earlier How to Train Your Dragon books”. Fiona Noble, children’s reviewer for The Bookseller

About the Author

Will Mabbitt

Will Mabbitt likes to write. He writes on the train, in the corner of cafes, and sometimes, when his laptop runs out of power, he writes in his head. Will has a background in children's media, producing digital content for Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. He lives with his family, cats and a woodlouse infestation in Lewes on the south coast of England.

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304 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

4th June 2015




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