Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt

Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City

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

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The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones was one of my favourite books of 2016, and it’s great to see Mabel back. She’s forced to leave the ‘hooman’ world and venture again into the Noo World, a place run by animals, variously disreputable or downright nefarious. Mabel’s baby sister has been abducted and before you can say Omynus Hussh (pirate slow loris and Mabel’s arch enemy) she’s on her trail aboard a steam boat, cutlass in hand ready for more narrow escapes from certain death. It’s wildly inventive, Mabbit delights as much in fantastical word-play as he does in the kind of gross humour kids love, and a rip-roaring adventure too. Ross Collins was born to illustrate this and his drawings are an integral part of the enjoyment.

This matches Lemony Snicket for dark humour, while fans will also enjoy Dominic Barker’s equally clever and engaging Blart The Boy Who Didn’t Want to Save the World. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in the series, The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones. 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.'


Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt

Mabel Jones is ready for her second unlikely adventure - another hilarious story by Will Mabbitt, illustrated by Ross Collins. What would you do if hungry vines emerged from your wardrobe and stole your baby sister? If you're Mabel Jones and afraid of nothing, you'd follow! Between Mabel and her goal is a dangerous jungle, filled with deadly monsters and poisoned jelly babies. Can she defeat the Witch Queen and rescue her sister, or is this the last we'll see of Mabel Jones...?

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Praise for The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

The irreverent wit plus fabulous embellishments by Ross Collins will swash your buckles Sunday Times

"Delightfully nasty, bonkers piratical fun. I laughed out loud on the Tube!" Robin Stevens, bestselling author of Murder Most Unladylike

"Think The Mighty Boosh for 8-year-olds with a dash of Lemony Snicket thrown in. Although Mabbitt has a voice all of his own." The Times

"Anarchic, adventurous and extremely funny, this is a fantastic debut at the younger end of middle-grade." The Bookseller

“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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320 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

4th February 2016




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