The second title in this stunning new series from the phenomenal writing/illustrating duo Guy Bass and Pete Williamson was published on the 7th March, The Haunting of Luna Moon, and it is equally as brilliant as the first, which you can read my blog/review on here.
With an entirely new lead character for Skeleton Keys to support and protect we jump straight into an adventure featuring a girl called Luna, and we join her at the funeral of her grandad, the man she lived with in a super creepy large house (the stereotypical sort for a haunting) tolerating his grumpy attitude and coldness towards her on a daily basis. Given his nasty and controlling behaviour it seems fitting that the rest of Luna’s family are happy to be rid of him, dancing and celebrating together.
That is when the strange things start happening, family members disappear and objects within the house come to life – books in the library flying around is definitely a highlight of the book, so enter Skeleton Keys and his new sidekick from Skeleton Keys : The Unimaginary Friend. Luna associates the strange behaviour with her grandad having always said he will haunt the place when he is gone, thankfully the arrival of someone that can help her uncover the truth has arrived, and there are clues along the way that ultimately lead to the conclusion as to the cause of all the chaos whilst keeping you guessing too. It is quite the balancing act between the two which is why this book and the series itself make for such interest reads – whether as standalones or
Skeleton Keys is the consistent character throughout this book series, and his arrival confirms that an imaginary friend someone created has become unimaginary and therefore exists for real – and that is when the fun really begins. Young readers can expect goosebumps as the story gets spooky, making this the perfect series for children that enjoy suspense, spine-chilling atmospherics and a taste of the supernatural.
With keys for fingers the character Skeleton Keys definitely lives up to his name, and when he uses them to create entrances and escapes as appropriate times in the story he really does help the entire story feel like a labyrinth of possibilities, where even the start of the story may well be revisited and anything is possible. The reader really is richly rewarded with the antics within this story keeping them on the edge of their seat as they accompany Luna on her journey to uncover the cause of her haunting.
It is definitely essential when writing any review of these titles to mention the phenomenal illustrative content that comes from the incredibly talented Pete Williamson, the artist behind the iconic Stitch Head designs. The cover of The Haunting of Luna Moon is stunning, with gold foil lettering to the title, silhouette of an eerie mansion against that of a full moon, and Luna – who looks incredibly ghostly with her white characteristics. The eye catching cover reflects the story beautifully by displaying tones of eerie and spooky, and encourages readers to be curious about the mystery held within.
Published by Stripes Publishing, and retails at £6.99 for the paperback.