Sophie Dahl is wonderful in writing and narrating this enchanting story. When the enigmatic Madame Badobedah arrives at the Mermaid Hotel with her unfamiliar accent and mass of unusual belongings, Mabel, the hotel owners' daughter, is intrigued. Piano music and sound effects heighten a cheerfully mysterious mood. Certain that Madame Badobedah is an international jewel thief, the audacious Mabel investigates, the music of a soft triangle accompanying her tiptoed quest. Audible details pepper the story--wailing sirens, crashing waves, muttering parents, crinkling toffee wrappers. Mabel's accent is British, her humor is dry, and her likability is one hundred percent. She spends increasing hours with the cagey lodger to uncover Madame Badobedah's secrets and share a few of her own. An impressive production--fun! L.T. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2019]
Trade Ed. Bolinda Audio 2019
CD ISBN 9780655640295 $24.99 One CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9780655640578 $19.99 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $22.90
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