A few weeks ago, pills I was offered a couple books with strange titles by Gabby Cat Publishing. Since I’m rarely one to refuse books, especially ones with titles like Buggy Crenshaw and the Bungler’s Paradox, I accepted them for review, and put them in my (bizarrely-ordered) queue. Gabby Cat Publishing appears to have launched itself with these two books (either that, or it’s cleverly-designed self-publishing), and I can’t find any particular biographical information on Ms. Wilburn, either, so I’ll just end this by saying that I received these two trade-paperback books quickly and in good condition.
Almost-twelve-year-old June Crenshaw, commonly called Buggy (as in June Bug-gy), has a father who . . . invents things. Actually, usually he just explodes things. After one too many garage explosions (this time, trying to create a time-travel machine), Frank Crenshaw decides that it’s time to move his family from their suburban home to a small town in Indiana called Lloyd’s Hollow. Buggy and her family arrive a couple days before school ends, and her mother makes her and her brother, Frank Jr., attend school on the last day. There Buggy notices a good deal of strangeness about the town — like, say, the principal with the rat-tail and bug-eyes, and the fact that, oh, everyone else in the school accepts that magic exists and can do it . . . including her. And now they need her help! Continue reading Buggy Crenshaw and the Bungler’s Paradox, by R. M. Wilburn