The Icicle Illuminarium is the sequel to The Kensington Reptilarium (not required reading to pick up this book), and follows 4 Aussie children as they go on an adventure to find their mother.
I did enjoy the story, it was full of humour and daring, and did make me laugh in quite a few places. That said, it was a very exhausting read. The writing style is perfect for the story and the characters, and would appeal to the children it’s aimed at, but it’s such a high energy read that it took me quite a while to get through considering that it’s a bit over 300 pages.
Some of the characters get a bit same-same, there are quite a few parts where it feels like they’re all carbon copies of each other, just with different names. I don’t see this as being much of an issue to the target audience though, they’ll be too engrossed in the antics that the children get up to.
I’d definitely recommend this for children under the age of 12, and for those at the younger end of the spectrum, this would be a fun read for them to test their skills with.