All the creatures have a lovely time in the Super Happy Magic Forest enjoying picnics, fun and frolics. It’s all because of the Magic Crystals of Life. But then the crystals are stolen and everyone’s miserable. Wise Old Oak says the goblins must have taken them and five very reluctant heroes, which include a toadstool called Trevor and a unicorn called Blossom, are chosen to get them back. On their terrifying journey our heroes encounter, among other dangers, frozen tundra, armed penguins, a Super Creepy Haunted Forest and deep dungeons. When they finally reach Goblin Tower they find lots of goblins – having a tea party. They’re actually quite a friendly bunch and offer them cake, but they don’t have the Magic Crystals. Just as the five realise they’ve failed in their quest, Dennis the butterfly arrives. He’s spent several pages desperately trying to catch up, and just before he collapses from exhaustion, he manages to tell them that disaster has fallen on the Super Happy Magic Forest. Luckily our heroes return in time to defeat the root of evil.
There’s plenty for both adults and children to enjoy in this hilariously silly story. The main text is sparse, but there’s lots of additional text in the numerous labels and speech bubbles (coming from a wide assortment of creatures, so great for reading aloud in different voices). The bright, digital artwork also contains lots of details and jokes, and readers can follow the five heroes’ route on the map on the endpapers. There’s a second book coming, so hopefully we’ll find out what’s happened to poor Dennis, the true hero of the story.