Do youknow what a wrathmonk is?
'Wrathmonk,' said Prudence. 'They're all powerful. Thank goodness, there aren't that many of them. Basil's one of the meanest and nastiest I've ever seen.'
Pity then, for Measle, that Basil Tramplebone is his legal guardian.
Poor Measle has a terrible time. He's always hungry, and pretty dirty and smelly. He lives in a dark and dingy house in a derelict street, and there's always a black raincloud drizzling overhead. Of course, Measle doesn't know that Basil is a wrathmonk - at least, not at first he doesn't.
The one thing that Measle does know about Basil is that he has a beautiful model railway setlaid outin the attic. Sometimes Basil allows Measle to sit on a high stool and watch Basil play with it. There's nothing Measle would like more than to have a go with the train set himself - which is why he devises a plan one day for getting Basil out of the way for a while. Unfortunately, it's a useless plan:
'WHAT ISSS GOING ON?'
The voice came from behind him and Measle whipped round on the tall stool, almost falling off it in his fright. There, in the doorway, stood Basil Tramplebone. His fish eyes were staring and his long, bony fingers were clenched into fists and, for a moment, Measle thought he saw a trace of red on Basil's chalky cheeks.
'WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?'
Now, what do you suppose a really cross wrathmonk might do to you, if he was really, really annoyed with you?
You'll have to read the book to find out. I can tell you though, that Measle finds himself taking a really close look at Basil's train set...
Scary stuff. You'll love it.
George Dunk, boy, age 10, from Didcot, United Kingdom, on 17th May 2007. Rating: 10/10
This book is absoulutely brilliant! I have already read 'Measle and the Mallockee' so i have to say i reckon the entire Collection is brilliant. I like the way Measel gets turned tiny and put on the train track. And at first i got the creep from the 'Thing' in the rafters. Overall this book is, um..., how do i put it?. Indescribably brilliant! I recommend it if you haven't read it.
Grace Thornton, girl, age 11, from Manchester, United Kingdom, on 1st February 2007. Rating: 10/10
This book is an intresting book all made up, and with a few terrifying moments. And it includes some very brave characters such as measle, tinker the dog and the rest of Measle's newly made friends. And then there is the side of more scary characters like Basil Tramplebone the evil wrathmonk in disguise as Measle's gaurdian, he has a bat could Huddlebug who in the end accidently squashes him. And then there is the giant cockroaches. A mystical book about triumph over evil (like always) and i reccomend it for most readers.
Brian, boy, age 11, from New York, United States, on 18th January 2007. Rating: 10/10
I just couln't put it down i loved it!!!! it was adventureous and amazing. g'luck measle!
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