Review | Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk by M. M. Allen

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Book Review: Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk

Jack and his younger sister Lilly have lost their father, and all that remains of him is his old black trunk. More than anything, Jack wants to explore what’s inside, but his mother holds the key…until the day Lilly finds it. Soon both she and Jack are plunged into a magical world where they must work together with the animal inhabitants to bring back the light, by calling on the Breath of All Good Things.

Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk by M. M. Allen is an action-packed middle grade novel that will intrigue kids of all ages!

What I Loved About This Book
Wishapick is full of action! From the first chapter, you are taken on a journey into the unknown that is wild and unexpected. This book held my interest because there was always something happening, and I never knew what the next step would be. This book is great for kids who crave excitement. I think this would be great for reluctant readers, because they don’t have to wait through chapters of description for something interesting to happen.

I also really enjoyed the animal characters of Wishapick. They came alive in my mind! I fell in love with Winston, Miss Bailey, and the Tummalums, and was properly terrified by the

Rattlesnake King.
Finally, I couldn’t help but love little Lilly. She was so full of energy and excitement, and was ready to go wherever her adventure in Wishapick would take her. She was brave and a little brash in a way that all great female characters should be. I think lots of little girls will fall in love with Lilly like I did!
What I Didn’t
The main character Jack can be, well, a bit of a grump. He’s a young boy still dealing with the loss of his dad, so it’s understandable. However, sometimes he still got on my nerves a little. That being said, Jack’s growth over the course of the book is an enjoyable thing to watch.
As much as I loved all the action in this book, there were times when it almost moved too fast for my liking. I am an adult reader who loves deep details — I don’t think a young reader would be bothered by this at all.
The action, great characters, and valuable lessons in Wishapick: TIckety Boo and the Black Trunk make it a great choice for young readers. Those reading chapter books will love to enjoy this one on their own, and younger readers will enjoy the story as a read-aloud with an adult. If your children love fantasy, magic, and exciting tales, be sure to add Wishapick to your list.
Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk is 168 pages and is published by Possum Press.

About Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk

Wishapick Tickety Boo and the Black TrunkDarkness. Utter blackness. Was this why his mother had refused to let Jack unlock his father’s old trunk? It had been two years since his dad had died, and all Jack could think about was examining whatever treasures were stored inside the beloved trunk. But when he finally lifted the lid, he didn’t just fall in—he fell through it into a pit of rattlesnakes!

Trying to recall his mother’s stories about “the Breath of All Good Things”—anything to shed light on his current situation—Jack wishes he’d paid better attention rather than mock the tales as childish myths…and that he’d waited to enter the trunk with his sister, Lilly, so they could at least face this together.

Like L. Frank Baum’s Oz and C. S. Lewis’s Narnia, M. M. Allen brings to life the fantastical world of Wishapick—a land of courageous animals ruled by a cruel rattlesnake king who has condemned the villagers to live without light. Chosen as the reluctant hero to save the villagers, Jack must face terrifying creatures and overwhelming odds if he wants to help his new friends—and return home himself.

“… a breathy and fantastical storytelling style, imaginations will flourish and the tale will be enjoyed by kids ages 8-12 who enjoy the genre of fantasy.”—The Children’s Book Review

Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk is available on Amazon.

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Wishapick Soundtrack

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Book Club Questions

Get to the heart of Wishapick by downloading this set of book club questions: Wishapick by M. M. Allen: Book Club Questions

About M. M. Allen

M. M. Allen, author of the acclaimed children’s picture book Let’s Play Ball, is the mother of two adult children and aunt to twenty-three nieces and nephews, including ten great-nieces and great-nephews. MM is a former teacher and university lecturer. She has also worked extensively in marketing and communications with varied businesses and non-profits. MM lives in a picturesque northern California town where she enjoys writing, tending to her rose garden, and caring for her West Highland terrier, Pip. | Facebook

About Deborah Wynne

Composer and lyricist Deborah Wynne created a companion CD of songs to accompany Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk. Wynne’s primary talents lie in choral singing, stage musicals, and composing. Her musical projects include the 2013 album Strands of Gold and 2007 musical Moment of Truth. She is an active singer and composer in Santa Barbara, California, where she lives with her husband and their two shelties, Sparkle and Gracie.

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Wishapick Tour Dates

Thursday November 5 2015
The Children’s Book Review

Tour Kick-Off & Giveaway

Friday November 6 2015
The Review Wire

Book Excerpt & Soundtrack Clip

Tuesday November 17 2015
Suz Reviews

Creating Mood in a Story with Music

Monday November 23 2015
On Starships & Dragonwings

5 Things About the World of Wishapick

Tuesday November 24 2015
Valerie’s Reviews

Book Excerpt & Soundtrack Clip

Tuesday November 27 2015
Batch of Books

Author Interview with M. M. Allen

Saturday December 5 2015
The Fairview Review

Wishapick Book Review

Thursday December 10 2015
Inspired by Savannah

Wishapick Book Review

Wednesday December 23 2015
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Author Interview with M. M. Allen

Sunday December 27 2015
Little Miss History

Author Interview with M. M. Allen


Crystal is an activist, feminist, and mom of three. She loves reading, crochet, and enjoying her family and friends. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.

One thought on “Review | Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk by M. M. Allen

  1. Crystal,
    Thank you for a wonderful review. I appreciate your time and dedication. With every good wish for many blessings in 2016 for you and your family.
    Tickety Boo –
    MM Allen

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