This book actually is SUPER FUN! The rhyming scheme of the overall book is perfectly written, and exciting from start to finish! The illustrations are vibrant and fun, and the overall ideas that the writer came up with seems like something you would find in a Dr. Seuss book/film.
The book itself is a fun lighthearted read, and takes you into a magical world where all of the delightful characters living in this elaborately wonderful town seem to be trapped there by an evil queen. Sending the lesson that things are not always what they appear from the outside. The little girl in this story longs to live in Super Fun Town, which is more like the amusement park of your dreams, complete with actual wizards, knights, aliens, ghosts, and any other magical character you can think of. Once on the inside she realizes that things are not what they seem and everyone that is working there is in fact under a spell from an evil queen. I immediately thought of social media, and how people post these perfect videos of their lives for all to see, when in actuality their lives are much different than the perfection that we see.
I could go on and on about the lessons of this story, which I particularly like. The child ends up defeating the queen by exposing her evil ways, but she visits a swami first which provides her with knowledge, proving that knowledge is power and people that do the wrong thing will eventually become exposed for their wrong doings. My favorite page (if I had to pick one) is towards the end of the book, where Mallory is sitting with the evil queen in her jail cell. She chooses to forgive the queen and decides to get to know her, even though she did some very cruel things. The queen says “When I was much younger I never followed rules, I always thought I was smarter and my parents were fools. I didn’t care if they liked it. I didn’t care who I crossed. I never thought about the prices. I never thought about cost. I didn’t care who I taunted, I didn’t care whom I teased. I did whatever I wanted. I just did how I pleased.” Proving that acting in such a manner develops one’s character into what the queen has become, cruel and unlikable.
She goes on to express how she made up the disguise of the Queen so that she could live forever in Super Fun town, which makes the main character realize that she would end up like the Queen if she continued trying to do the same. She quickly shifts her focus from being obsessed with living in Super Fun town to rescuing everyone who is trapped there, including her own parents. I love the many, many lessons that shine through this story, and the book itself is beautifully written and illustrated!
This is the type of book you could read over and over to your child and it would never get old.
About the Author
David Disspain is an author and creator of Sci-Fi, Superhero, Kung Fu Fairy Tales. He
is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, but now lives in the Washington D.C. area.
He has written stories for several graphic novel anthologies including "Harbinger" inside the pages of "Twist in the Night: A Horror Anthology" by Torn Comics and "The Unusual Labor of Gus McCray" inside the anthology "Ignition" by 215 Ink.