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Is The Creakers Musical Edition Worth It?

Following the success of The Christmasaurus Musical Edition, of which my review can found here, Tom Fletcher continues this new tradition of pairing music and his children’s fiction with the creation of The Creakers Musical Edition. 

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The children of Whiffington wake up one day to find that all of the adults have disappeared. While they take this wonderful opportunity to run rampant, no longer confined by rules, eventually the novelty wears off. The protagonist, Lucy, is determined to find out what happened to all the parents and her investigation leads to the discovery of a ghastly world under her bed belonging to monsters called “the creakers.”

The book comes in with a CD which is stuck on the other side of the front cover’s hole (don’t worry, removing it for use doesn’t’ affect the visual of the cover as there’s an inside page which fills in the gap with the same image!). You simply puts this CD into whatever device they wish to use and begins to read. As you travel through the story, little prompts appear at the side of the page which indicate when it’s time to play one of ten tracks.

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The format itself is quite simply brilliant because it combines the two things Tom Fletcher is really good at: writing and music. For existing readers, it’s a way to reread with an additional element breathing new life into the story. For new readers, it’s a way to enjoy the book in an elevated way.

Initially, it can feel like ten songs is a bit excessive but the gaps between them are just big enough that you get invested in the characters on their own and when a musical number rolls around it’s a exciting surprise.

So, is The Creakers Musical Edition worth it? Absolutely. It’s such a unique experience that both adults and children can enjoy together. However, I do prefer The Christmasaurus Musical Edition but this is purely down to the fact that I get more excited about the prospect of christmas than the prospect of monsters hiding under my bed.

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Posted in children's fiction, fantasy, review

The Creakers – Tom Fletcher

“What makes all the creaks, and clangs in your house? It isn’t the cat, or your dog, or a mouse. Those noises are made by mysterious creatures. Read on if you dare and you might meet… the creakers.”

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Blurb: “Do you ever hear strange, creaking noises at night? Ever wonder what makes those noises? Lucy Dungston always did. Until, one morning, Lucy discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared – as if into thin air. Chaos descends as the children in Lucy’s town run riot. It’s mayhem. It’s madness. To most kids, it’s amazing! But Lucy wants to find out the truth. Lucy lost her dad not long ago, and she’s determined not to lose her mum too. She’s going to get her back – and nothing is going to stop her… except maybe the Creakers.”

The children of Whiffington wake up one morning to find that all the parents have gone missing. But not only that: they’re all having nightmares about strange creatures hiding under their beds.  Lucy Dungston, having already lost her father, takes it upon herself to not only get her mother back, but the other kids’ parents too.  Her mission takes her into the dangerous world of Woleb where everything is backwards.

One of my favourite things about The Creakers is the little fourth wall breaks in between certain chapters in which the narrator temporarily stops the story in order to check how the reader is feeling. For example: “Blimey! How are you doing? That was a bit intense, wasn’t it?” This little addition was just an extra bit of humour which I think would work brilliantly if this book was read aloud to a group of children.

The backwards ways of Woleb were just perfect and left me having many revelations along with Lucy as she attempted to navigate her way around the new world.

Another personal favourite of mine was the character of Norman Quick – a young boy scout who wears his badges with pride. He even has a camouflage one though he can’t remember where he put it on his sash!

The Creakers is a fantastic, slightly scary, story that teaches the importance of working together and accepting those different to yourself.

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The Creakers Book Signing | Tom Fletcher

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When I saw that Tom Fletcher was going to be doing a signing for his new book The Creakers and that he was coming to Leeds again, I breathed a massive sigh of relief on many levels. After the disaster at W.H.Smiths last year, I was overjoyed to see that the event would be taking place at Waterstones.  I’ve been pushing myself to go to more events on my own because I’m sick of missing out on things because I have no one to go with. So I bought a solo ticket and when the day rolled around, took an adventure out in the big city on my own.

I will continue to sing the praises of Waterstones Leeds when it comes to their event organisation. This was the third book signing I’ve attended there and honestly, every single one of them has been so painless. The signing was due to start at 4pm but an hour before that the staff were already exchanging tickets for wristbands and allowing people up to the top floor – which they’d blocked off for the signing – to wait. I was given my copy of The Creakers which I essentially preordered when I bought my ticket, and I was given a handful of sweets to munch on while I waited.

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Everything was so painless and smooth that it didn’t even feel like I waited the total of an hour and 45 minutes to meet Tom. He was lovely as usual and I asked him if he was excited for Christmas (to which he said “a lot” – He’s a very big fan of the season) and told him about how my cousin’s little girl is really enjoying his book.

And just like that it was over. It was fleeting and wonderful and now I finally have a copy of the book. So I better buckle down and start reading!