Reviews for Hobgoblin Proxy
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
Clemency Pogue and her hobgoblin friend Chaphesmeeso set out to find the changeling left in place of Kennethurchin, a half boy/half goblin now under Chaphesmeeso's care. This fantasy tries hard to be funny and irreverent, but the humor is tiresome and the story seems as endless as the number of fairies parading through the book. Black-and-white illustrations appear throughout. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2006 June #1
This sharp and witty second installment in Petty's series quickly and efficiently brings readers up to speed on Clemency's continuing role in saving the fantastical and vividly drawn world of Make-Believe. Clemency, the intelligent and plucky heroine, partners with Chaphesmeeso, a friendly hobgoblin, and Kennethurchin, a fledgling hobgoblin, to search for Kennethurchin's changeling, Inky, who is his key to full hobgoblin status. However, having lived nine years as a boy, Inky has other ideas, which could spell disaster for Kennethurchin and Make-Believe. Although on Make-Believe's side, Clemency struggles with the idea that ultimately finding Inky means his death and she hatches an alternate plan, executed, but not completely wrapped up, making a tantalizing cliffhanger for the series' third volume. Though a slim text featuring sporadic black-and-white sketches and approachable vocabulary looks younger, heavy topics of mental illness, abandonment and Inky's impending death suit this creative tale for mature readers. (Fiction. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Library Media Connection - February 2007
Determined to save a sick puppy, Clemency summons her hobgoblin friend, Chaphesmeeso. Along for the ride is Kennethurchin (part hobgoblin, part human). Thus, the adventure begins. Kennethurchin was stolen from his cradle as a baby and a clay changeling was left in his place. Now Kennethurchin can't become a hobgoblin, and it is up to Clem and Chaph to track down the changeling and return him to the ground. Petty tells a wonderful tale with clever dialogue, suspenseful adventure, and humorous characters. Readers will admire the intelligent and spirited heroine, and laugh at her unlikely companion while enjoying the enlivening drawings of the talented illustrator. Some readers may need to keep a dictionary handy due to a few challenging words, but all will love this tale of fairies. It is a perfect story for children and adults with an active imagination. Although the word play is fun, some of it may be intended for a more experienced ear; for example, "he's my bird's armpit" means he has taken him under his wing. Other than that, this is a fun, adventurous, irreverent tale that will be popular with lovers of fantasy and fractured fairy tales. An excellent offering for fans of Artemis Fowl. Recommended. Jennifer L. Hartshorn, Youth Services Librarian, Pembroke (Massachusetts) Public Library © 2007 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
School Library Journal Reviews 2006 July
Gr 4-6 -In this sequel to Clemency Pogue: Fairy Killer (S & S, 2005), the young human is asked by her friend and hobgoblin, Chaphesmeeso, for help on a quest-to find the changeling of a human boy, Kennethurchin. He was stolen as a baby by goblins and a clay-baby was put in his place, but instead of dissolving as these babies usually do, the infant kept developing, and could destroy both the world of Make-Believe and Kennethurchin (who is in training to become a hobgoblin). If this sounds complicated, imagine the addition of a pointless subplot involving a box of bobbed boxer-dogs' tails, a nasty Fairy of Long Goodnights, and a tale of sibling rivalry. The self-consciously glib language doesn't make this tale any more enjoyable or easy to understand. The size of the book is deceptively small and the cover is appealing, but younger kids will feel swamped by the convoluted prose and odd plot, and older readers would probably prefer Eoin Colfer's "Artemis Fowl" series (Hyperion).-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library [Page 110]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.