Book Review – The Curious Chronicles of Jack Bokimble and His Peculiar Penumbra

Shortly after Jack is born, strange things are afoot in the Bokimble house–glasses fall from shelves, and nothing seems to be where Mr. and Mrs. Bokimble left it. Jack’s parents begin to sense that there’s something strange about their son, and it’s not long before they realize that he has a secret friend: his magical shadow.
Is Jack’s shadow a superpower that he needs to control and master? Or is it a curse that will separate him from others? Travel with Jack on his boyhood journey as he learns not only how to control his magical shadow but what it means to be different–a story that mines the potential for magic and mystery in all of us. ~via Goodreads

The Curious Chronicles of Jack Bokimble and His Peculiar Penumbra
James Demonaco
Publication Date: November 7, 2017



The Curious Chronicles of Jack Bokimble and His Peculiar Penumbra is a super fun, middle-grade read. This book delivers all the funtastic elements that a children’s story should – it is silly, it is a bit outrageous, and it is full of imagination! Think fun wordplay, wacky inventions, communicating with animals, and an assembly of zany characters.

I really enjoyed the storytelling element in this book. Throughout, bits of dialogue between the storyteller (an adult) and the audience (a child) weave in and out, playfully interrupting Jack’s adventure. To me, these bits are reminiscent of The Princess Bride and can be a bit tricky to handle but when done well, add a special flavor to the story. James DeMonaco handled this beautifully and delivered yet one more layer for the reader to ponder and enjoy.

Best of all and perhaps most important, we genuinely like Jack! Jack Bokimble is a character that children will want to root for. Despite Jack having a very special power, he is still relatable in enough ways to connect. He’s our champion, our hero! And honestly, what child wouldn’t want to have the special powers that Jack possesses with his incredible shadow!?

Like any good book, The Curious Chronicles of Jack Bokimble and His Peculiar Penumbra is not without its lessons. Jack must learn how to control his shadow and know when to use it. But the truly meaningful lesson is learning what it means to be different. Here’s a little hint… being different can be such a gift!

Funny, whimsical, quirky, curious and I am ten years old again! I loved this story, I adored our fantastic hero, and I hope to see many more adventures with Jack Bokimble and that peculiar penumbra!

Young and old, children of all ages will enjoy this magical story.
We gave The Curious Chronicles of Jack Bokimble and His Peculiar Penumbra 5/5 stars


A special thanks to NetGalley and Inkshares for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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