Title: The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray
Author: B.A. Williamson
Published / Release Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: North Star Edition / Jolly Fish Press
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Young Adult
My Rating: 3/5
Gwendolyn Gray is no ordinary child. She faces something everyday which is a bit difficult for a child her age living in a grey and dull city to do: control her imagination. However, when her imagination finally comes alive, she catches the attention of two men who will do everything to restore order in The City by erasing those who threatens it.
I wanted to love this book. The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray is one where the main character is a child who has an incredibly vivid imagination which she used to save her world from being consumed by mediocrity and gray-ness (if that is even a word).
It started off a bit slow for my liking and I was finding it hard to keep on reading. However, I powered through because I was promised marvelous adventures and a world of colour.
It is a good read for children as the difference between Gwendolyn’s everyday normal life was vividly differentiated from the burst of colour from her imagination. Imagination in children is a good thing. It has to be nurtured and allowed. As much as it confused me, I appreciate the fact that I can’t tell where Gwendolyn’s imagination took over her adventures.
If there is anything I wish there was more of in this story, Mr. Williamson, it would be the following:
- What happened to The City? Why is it in the state it is in?
- Who are the Mister Men, and who do they work for?
- Who is the Collector?
… Because it would really be great to know.