I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
Frankly, I have no freaking idea what just happened. Before I knew it the book was over and I was left with questions. Like where did the hog come from? How did Timothy get his powers? What are his powers (as it seems they don’t do much except shiny pretty light and maybe grow a few plants)? What was up with the villain and why was it necessary to add a small backstory? Why did the parents speak in dingbats (I really thought my copy was wrong, and then I noticed it was only the parents when they argued who had the dingbats)? Why aren’t the parents seeking help? Don’t they see they are hurting their kids? What is up with that teacher at school? Why is everyone so mean towards Timothy? And yes, I could go on.
The idea is fun, a boy who is normally very average gets superpowers and has to save the local park from being destroyed by some weird looking guy (and we can clearly see that love makes blind). In the mean time he also has to deal with bullying at school (both from the teacher and the students) and his home situation is also not the best (his parents constantly fight/are tired).
I flew through this book, also because there wasn’t always text, or when there was text there wasn’t much. This book heavily relies on its illustrations to tell the tale.
But as I said I just couldn’t make sense of anything. I could see what happened, but for some reason it just didn’t click together. It just seemed like a big dream-like/rambling rant.
The illustrations were pretty OK-ish. They did fit the weirdness and wth is going on of the book.
I probably won’t be reading the second book when it comes out.
Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/