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Pip and the Twilight Seekers: A Spindlewick Tale, Book Two

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Pip and the Twilight Seekers: A Spindlewick Tale, Book Two

The first book, PIP AND THE WOODWITCH CURSE: A Spindlewood Tale introduces Eddie Pipkin who is an orphan better known by the name of Pip. He escapes from the crude Mister Oakes one evening when they are sailing on a ship to dump poor Pip off in the middle of nowhere. The ship sways this way and that, until Mister Oakes falls right into the dark sea. Pip tears himself free and runs until he bumps right into a train of old carriages; he climbs aboard and travels to Hangman’s Hollow. Luckily Pip is found and cared for by Sam and his son Toad. Pip learns that this isn’t such a wonderful place after all when Toads tells the story of Mister Jarvis, Captain Dooley and the dark forest.

"Author and illustrator Chris Mould writes the second book of the Spindlewood series in which the tale continues and maintains its fantastical yet macabre tone. Mould draws in his readers with his eerie illustrations of the forest folk and the evil dwellers that lurk around Hangman’s Hollow."

Mister Jarvis drives a big black carriage resembling a pumpkin, and Esther, his crow, never leaves his side. He is a wicked man who sneaks around Hangman’s Hollow trying to capture children and bring them to the depths of Spindlewood where the bark demons and witches live. If he suspects children are hiding out inside of a home somewhere in Hangman’s Hollow, Jarvis will pound down the doors along with the help of his ghoulish creatures. Sometimes the bark demons and witches will come out of hiding and chase down children only to trap them in the heart of the haunted forest. Not one child can be seen outside, not unless they want to be caught by Jarvis and his helpers.

Book two begins with the tale of Captain Dooley, who is a soldier carved purely out of Spindlewood. He is brought into the home of the McCreedy’s; their son Edgar suspects Captain Dooley is evil. Edgar is in a dream state and brings Captain Dooley outside in the snow when one of Jarvis’s helpers snatches both of them up. Jarvis is pleased to have Captain Dooley in his hands because the little wooden soldier has special powers to sense where the children are hiding. More and more children are taken by Jarvis; he even goes as far as burning the entire village down just to find Pip and his friends.

Pip, Toad and Frankie find different hiding spots all over Hangman’s Hollow. They slip into an open door and hide inside of a neighbor’s home for a while, until Jarvis senses where they are hidden. As soon as Jarvis steps into the cottage, Hector Stubbs is right behind him with a warrant for his arrest. Jarvis is taken away, but Dooley is left behind with the children. Toad has an idea to dress like Jarvis and hop into his black pumpkin carriage with Captain Dooley secured at his waist so he can’t get away. Pip and Frankie join Toad under Jarvis’s cloak and ride deep into the forest until they come face-to-face with a large wooden door guarded by a gnarly old man named Bodkin. Pip knows that door is hiding something the woodsfolk and Jarvis are keeping cooped up inside; perhaps it is all of the stolen children of Hangman’s Hollow.

Author and illustrator Chris Mould writes the second book of the Spindlewood series in which the tale continues and maintains its fantastical yet macabre tone. Mould draws in his readers with his eerie illustrations of the forest folk and the evil dwellers that lurk around Hangman’s Hollow. PIP AND THE TWILIGHT SEEKERS maintains an eerie tone, and at times I wish Mould would push it a little further by writing more about the bark demons and witches that live in the forest to give it a creepier edge.

Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski on April 1, 2013

Pip and the Twilight Seekers: A Spindlewick Tale, Book Two
by Chris Mould

  • Publication Date: March 1, 2013
  • Genres: Children's, Fantasy, Friendship
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
  • ISBN-10: 0807565539
  • ISBN-13: 9780807565537