A pocket-sized but fiery heroine proves that brains always beat brawn, even in the streets of London.
After enduring ridicule back home in London for his stories about the tiny citizens of Lilliput, Gulliver is intent on proving that his travels there actually occurred. He returns to the island and plucks young Lily right off the beach to act as living proof. Imprisoned by Gulliver for six months (or half her life), Lily is determined to return home before it’s too late. Gulliver keeps her trapped in a bird cage hanging from a ceiling in a musty attic above a clockmaker’s store, but Lily perseveres with her numerous escape plans. After failing for the 33rd time, she loses all hope of seeing her grandmother again. However, the clockmaker’s apprentice, Finn, discovers the note she tied to a mouse’s tail from Escape Plan 21 and rescues her from Gulliver. Finn and Lily’s new friends, Mr. Ozinda, a chocolatier who speaks only in rhyme, and his parrot, Señor Chitchat, offer comic relief as they come to her aid. Young readers will adore Lily’s grouchiness yet relate to her compassion for those less fortunate. Sporadic pencil-and-watercolor illustrations offer a hint of Lily’s fiery temper but mostly serve to break up the text.
This delightful adventure inspired by Gulliver’s Travels will appeal to budding fantasy readers—and position them for the source material later on. (Fantasy. 7-10)