BOOK TOUR REVIEW: The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton by Angela Shelton
The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton: Crash Landing on Ooleeoo
by Angela Shelton
Tilda Pinkerton, Book One
Somewhere out in the Sombrero Galaxy, Tilda Pinkerton–mystical maker of mysterious, magnificent, magical hats–is being hunted by the Keeper of Darkness.
Yet Tilda simply does not recall, at all, after taking a tremendous fall.
No one on Ooleeoo, where Tilda crash-landed, knows she is from another planet. Only Star Jumper Randy can tell her—but he’s light years away, frantically searching for his missing love, desperate that without her, the entire galaxy soon may be lost.
Even in the middle of cosmic danger, Tilda loves to create hats, for which she has a rare and uncanny knack. All who receive them sparkle, in fact—and spark their innermost talent. With a Tilda hat, people can suddenly do whatever they dream of, causing brilliant ideas to grow madly.
With Gladys the toad, who thinks she’s a cat, and Frank the fish, who lives in her hat, Tilda must discover who she is and what her enemy wants from her so badly.
But the Mayor of Moodle has other plans, including a ban on all wearing of hats, everywhere on Ooleeoo. His dark and forbidding actions seem to coincide with something unworldly, threatening all with a nameless dread and slowly blacking out the sky. With Ooleeoo itself turning upside down, how can anyone survive?
In this first in a series of Tilda Pinkerton adventures, Tilda must fight the battle of her life and risk all—even the galaxy and stars—by revealing her most electrifying secret.
Written for children but adults enjoy it too!
MY THOUGHTS: 4.5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Intergalactic traveler and explorer Tilda Pinkerton has just crash landed on the planet of Ooleeoo. Unfortunately she does not remember much more than her name–and certainly not the fact the the sinister Keeper of Darkness is after her and her magnificent powers.
The people of Moodle immediately take to sweet, smart Tilda and her ability to make magical hats. But, there are those in the town that would like to see Tilda gone. With her friendly French goldfish and toad who believes she is a cat, Tilda begins to harness her Light Throwing powers…and hopefully can remember who she is before it is too late!
This was a really fun and unique read! It’s kind of in between young adult and middle grade…I’d say it’s for kids around 11-14.
Tilda was an all around amazing person, and impossible to dislike. Though she landed in a strange place that could have been dangerous for her, she never treated anyone with anything but respect–even those she knew did not approve of the things she did. The fact that she could communicate with all sorts of creatures, from bees to bunnies, made her even cooler.
One thing that I loved so much about this book is that all the names of characters actually described either their profession or what their personality was like. There was Belinda Balletomania, who is charming and loves to dance, and also Ragamuffin Ragmatical, who is a rather ill-behaved twin. The book also does readers the favor of not only introducing new vocabulary, but defining unfamiliar words in the footnotes at the bottom of the page. I may be 27 years old, but even I learned several new vocabulary words as I read this book.
The beginning of the book was the best part. The middle dragged a bit, and the end went very quickly. There was also a huge cliffhanger that I know will drive other readers crazy!
The only things that bothered me are that sometimes I felt it was a little hard to follow what exactly was going on; this may have been because there were so many characters, but also at times the prose just moved very quickly. I would have to go back and reread to see if I missed something. Also, this one huge thing bothered me: (highlight to see spoiler) Tilda’s animals made the trip with her and knew not only what happened to her, but everything about her past, and exactly who she was. Why didn’t they tell her anything? It was not mentioned that they had amnesia too…
I would recommend this book to readers of any age who want a fun, original magical story with a little bit of everything.
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About the Author
Angela Shelton is an author, actor, blogger and public speaker. She has been writing since she was eight years old. Her first novel was adapted into the movie Tumbleweeds. Angela won a regional Emmy award for her portrayal of Safe Side Superchick in The Safe Side video series created by Baby Einstein’s Julie Clark and America’s Most Wanted’s John Walsh. After living in Los Angeles for over a decade, Angela left the big city for a one-light country town to marry her first love and fulfill her dream of writing books in a barn house.
Find out how Angela has incorporated the character of Tilda Pinkerton into an entire line of book projects, each geared towards a different age group at www.MagicHatShop.com
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