In a wildly imaginative and fantastical adventure tale, a brother and sister search for the world's lost laughter.
A funny and delightfully whimsical story for middle-grade readers.
In Fiddle Wood in the Scottish Borders, in a house which is usually full of giggling and chortling, something creepy is going on. Lucy and Ben McClafferty and their family haven't laughed for months, nor has anyone else in the world for that matter. Their eccentric grandmother takes them on a secret journey to find the elusive Gabel Lylhu, one of the ticklers of the world, somewhere deep in Smoo Cave. if they don't find him, the world may never laugh again.
Join Lucy and Ben on their weird and wonderful adventure, as they meet fantastical characters, face unexpected challenges, solve riddles, journey through a portal across the earth, survive a poisonous trick, help old friends mired in grief, and discover that there is more to some people and places than meets the eye!
'This story had humor, suspense, unforgettable characters, and a unique plot that required out-of-the-box-thinking resolution.'
'Kids will love The Tickling Tale of Smoo. Adults will love it too.' Kameron Brook
'The Tickling Tale of Smoo is a delightful romp that is full of life, passion, and heart! You'll be captivated by this adventurous and action-packed book.' The Book Commentary
'The Tickling Tale of Smoo is a heartwarming and uplifting tale that will leave readers with a renewed appreciation for the power of laughter and the resilience of the human spirit. Overall, it is a delightful book for readers of all ages, and a testament to the enduring power of storytelling.' Editor's pick - The Bookish Elf
'The Tickling Tale of Smoo by Louiza Kallona is a fun and imaginative children's story.' 'It introduces you to characters that you will find endearing. Young readers will find it easy to love and relate to them.' Onlinebookclub
'A playfully imaginative novel for middle-grade readers.' 'From start to finish, this tale is relentlessly offbeat and fanciful.' 'Young readers will relate to Lucy's plight as they undertake similar ventures of self-discovery in their own lives.' Booklife