BILLIE BONES: THE ROAD TO NEVERMORE by Christopher Lincoln (Little, Brown & Company 2009)

September 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

billy bonesI know this is a ghost story because the cover has a skull with protruding eyes and a skeleton body. But, aside from this information, there is nothing especially eerie or chilling in this over scripted madcap romp. The hero is Billy Bones, a boy caught somewhere between being dead and alive. His cousin Millicent is whisked away to the underworld called Nevermore by mean Uncle Grim. Billy and his pals must go to this dark land and rescue Millicent before she gets permanently trapped below. There are references to 9/11, airport security, breaking into homes without warrants, and other 21st century tidbits, but the tale doesn’t engage this reader and the political allusions will sail over the heads of the intended audience. Billy Bones is a cartoon DVD with endless episodes that lack coherence.   

J Fiction.  Not Recommended- Lillian Hecker (PELHAM)                                      


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