A little more about Balthazar . . .
Balthazar Fabuloso in the Lair of the Humbugs
By I.J. Brindle
Balthazar Fabuloso's lovable and eccentric family performs a magic show. What makes the act so unusual is that all the Fabulosos actually have superhuman powers, except for Balthazar, a practical-minded 11-year-old who simply aspires to be a normal kid. So when everyone but Balthazar disappears mid performance, the only Fabuloso without real magical skills must save the family. Balthazar wonders if the family's archrivals, the Furious Fistulas, are to blame or if there are other, even darker forces at work. To free his loved ones Balthazar must work with some questionable characters, including a lunatic long-lost uncle, three enigmatic senior citizens and the loathsome Pagan Fistula, whose family also mysteriously goes missing.
At the center of these disappearances is a force so evil that the world's most preeminent magicians cower before it. What hope could a ragtag crew of misfits have against it?
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I am so excited to read this book! There is so much to love...a mystery, an average kid bound to do above average things and good verses evil. What is not to love! Plus, look at that cover...I can almost picture myself in there with the characters. I feel like there is going to be hi-jinks, shenanigans and a cast of crazy characters, that will keep me pushing through the pages! There is something about magical characters that make the reader really get interested in a book. Who doesn't want to be extraordinary? But somethings we just need somebody to point out what makes us extraordinary to see that we all have a little bit of it in us! Pick up your copy today and get reading! Make sure if you do, that you come back and tell me what you thought!