Book Review – The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

3 stars. I checked out The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic from my library based on a few impulse criteria: the author is local, the illustrations were neat, and it is a clever title. The book is moderately enjoyable, with quite a bit of silliness (which sometimes tries too hard to be cute and Alice in Wonderland-y). Jennifer Trafton’s dialog and Brett Helquist’s illustrations are the strengths of the book, along with its light-hearted charm. The plot trods a fine line between witty and overly silly, often coming down on the wrong side of it for my tastes, and characters and plot devices often seem to be chosen for their madcap comedic value rather than their contribution to the story. A pleasure read, nothing more or less.

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