The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase
The Librarians, Book #2
By Greg Cox
Author’s Website: http://www.gregcox-author.com/
For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil.
Stories can be powerful. In 1719, Elizabeth Goose of Boston Massachusetts published a collection of rhyming spells as a children’s book, creating a spellbook of terrifying power. The Librarian of that age managed to dispose of all copies of the book except one, which remained in the possession of Elizabeth Goose and her family, temporarily averting any potential disaster.
However, strange things are happening, A window washer in San Diego who was blown off his elevated perch by a freak gust of wind, but miraculously survived by landing on a canopy over the building entrance. A woman in rural Pennsylvania who was attacked by mutant rodents without any eyes. And, a college professor in England who somehow found herself trapped inside a prize pumpkin at a local farmer’s market. Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Fynn Carson AWOL once again, it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase starts with Colonel Eve and the Librarians, Stone, Cassandra, and Ezekiel, are trying to recover a Greek alabaster of the Goddess Artemis from a frat party at a university, while running from the Calydonian Boar who was summoned after the idol was used at the party. Once the Idol is safe at the Library, the team decides that they need a good night’s sleep to recover, but the universe has a different idea and magic clipboard comes to life with four different locations. The first is an older woman who was attacked by mutant rats with no eyes; next a schooler was found and rescued from inside a giant pumpkin; then a tree cutter survives being flown in the air and landing safely; lastly an article mentions that the Mother Goose theme park is being schedule for demolition. The Librarians and their Guardian each take a location, Cassandra the tree cutter, Stone the scholar in the pumpkin, Ezekiel the older woman, and Eve decides to go to the theme park after they come to the conclusion that all articles are related because they are rhythms from the Mother Goose rhythm book.
Now the Librarians are on a quest to find the original Mother Goose book that contains the full rhythms and spells written down by a familiar of the previous entity that wore the title of Mother Goose. Divided in three parts, the librarians and their Guardian have to split up to find the missing pieces and solve who is the mysterious impostor Mother Goose who threatens to destroy the world.
I loved the Librarians. I have been watching the show for some time and I liked the first book written by Greg Cox. In this case, I liked the used of fables and childhood rhythms, I have always liked when stories incorporate our childhood stories and create something different. I liked to read these characters using the writing of Cox and he made the characters similar to the TV show, but at the same time a little different.
I liked the storytelling that the author uses. In this installment, the story line stays in the same time line, compare to the previous book. But still, we get to read through the POV of the different characters.
Like the name says, the Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase, the story uses a lot of the childhood rhythms of the Old Mother Goose book. We read, “Jack and Jill”, “Three Blind Mice”, “Rock-a-bye, baby, in the tree top…”, “Simple Simon”, “The Crooked man”, and others more. But my favorite of all Mother Goose rhythms is:
“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.”
Who doesn’t like Humpty Dumpty? Well, the Librarians had a lot of fun with all these rhythms and their effects on the world.
Like the TV show, the story contains a lot of funny scenes and jokes around the story line. You can even find some hidden jokes related to the characters and the actors that portray them. *Spoilers* Stone says “Leverage”.
If you are a fan of the TV Show The Librarians or of the work of Greg Cox, then I recommend The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase. Here we find the mighty librarians and their Guarding trying to save the world once, but with a touch of twisted nostalgic childhood stories.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*