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The Tickling Tale of Smoo

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This story had humor, suspense, unforgettable characters, and a unique plot that required an out-of-the-box-thinking resolution.

The Tickling Tale of Smoo by Louiza Kallona was a wonderfully weird story filled with excitement and humor. It all began when people seemed to lose their will to smile. Grandma said it must have to do with Smoo, a tickler of the world. 


As Grandma, Lucy, Ben, and Patrick arrived at Gabel Lylhu's cottage in Durness, the weirdest factor increased tenfold. First, Grandma whistled, and fireflies answered her call. Then, there's the cottage itself. Its unique decor was definitely on the strange side: bronze fox nailed to the front door, crocodile-tooth light switches, blowfish skeletons, and a clock that bleats. The most unusual discovery was a gargantuan nose on the turquoise, conch-shaped couch. The nose sent snot soaring out of its nostrils. Gross! 


After the visitors woke Gabel Lylhu (aka Belly Laugh), we learned about his connection to Grandma. The revelation surprised me as much as it surprised Lucy and Ben. With a quick rundown on the world's happenings, Gabel and the kids set to find the Smoo and tickle her. The adventure has readers meeting extraordinary people, witnessing unusual events, and hopping on a spectacularly odd bus (Grand Express) that children will be utterly fascinated by and probably say they'd like to ride. 


The Tickling Tale of Smoo had humor, suspense, unforgettable characters, and a unique plot that required an out-of-the-box-thinking resolution. Oh, it also had puzzles that would delight and thrill those who like solving riddles and anagrams. I want to note that the anagrams are not very easy and might prove difficult for young readers. However, the answers are provided as the author tells the story, and thank goodness for that because they stumped even me. 


Kids will love The Tickling Tale of Smoo. Adults will love it too. It's a story that the entire family can read and enjoy together! 






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About the author

Louiza Kallona moved to Scotland aged eighteen, with the hope of meeting people as funny as Billy Connolly. She started writing The Tickling Tale of Smoo while living with five other bikers in an old farmhouse. She now lives in Norway and travels as a fiddler. Is extremely ticklish. view profile

Published on December 22, 2022

20000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional ūüŹÜ

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

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