Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl
* Provided by the publisher for review
3 gnomes out of 5 gnomes
is one magic trick filled quick read. Most of the action takes place
at the Abacadabra Hotel, which is owned by Tyler’s family. There is
magic and several mysteries afoot.
characters were kind of caricature like at first. Charlie’s the
nerd/smart kid and Ty’s known around school as a bully. As a matter of
fact Charlie thinks he’s about to be his next victim when they meet and
then things change between them.
is looking for Charlie’s help because he thinks that he’s the only one
that can help him. Charlie’s know for his photographic memory and his
love of puzzles. Ty has some really interesting puzzles for Charlie to
solve. They slowly but surely seem to be becoming friends, just not at
and Charlie make a great team and the mysteries are solved rather
quickly. I hope there friendship continues to develop and that their
illustrations really help bring the story to life. I felt while
reading it that it would make for a great cartoon series especially with
all of the eccentric magician characters. A hotel built by a magician
would make for a really good set piece in which to tell a bunch of
different weird stories.
characters found around the hotel are a lot of fun and will leave you
wanting to know their whole stories. My favorite magician they meet is
Mr. Madagascar (because he is one crazy old magician.). I think
Madagascar pulls off one of the best tricks too.
final reveal is really cool but then the book just kind of stops, it
just doesn’t feel like it ends where it should because only one person
finds out the big final reveal. This book definitely feels like it
would be on the younger side of Middle Grade.