Middle School Monday | Stitch Head by Guy Bass

Stitch Head (Stitch Head #1)

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Published: (Canada) Feb 7, 2013 (Original – August 1, 2011)
Genre: Fantasy, Coming of Age
ISBN: 9781847151834
Age Range: 6+
Rating: 5/5
In the maze-like dungeons of Castle Grotteskew, the frightfully insane Professor Erasmus conducts his bizarre experiments on living things. His very first creation has been long forgotten – a small, almost-human creature, known only as Stitch Head. Poor Stitch Head has spent years vying for attention amongst a menagerie of freakish monsters. When a travelling circus ringmaster, Fulbert Freakfinder, promises to make him a star, Stitch Head wonders whether there is another life for him. But first he has to catch the professor’s latest creation – a monstrous three-armed creature that’s just smashed its way to freedom . . .

I didn’t think it was possible to fall in love with a story as much as Stitch Head. Stitch Head is the first creation made by a mad scientist who lives in a dark castle that is full of other evil creations. Stitch Head makes it his job to use potions on the scientist’s evil creatures to transform them into more friendly beings. His goal is to have a castle where they can all live together in peace. Eventually, Stitch Head begins to feel restless and doesn’t feel like he belongs in the castle. It is here where the trouble starts. Insert Fulbert Freakfinder who makes all different kinds of promises to get Stitch Head’s heart set on having a great life outside the walls of the only home he has ever known.

Stitch Head is a heartwarming story of a small brave creation finding his self worth and his sense of belonging. Guy Bass has created characters that are entertaining beyond words. His story has a great pace; never too dull but never overwhelming. Pete Williamson’s illustrations keep the story feeling creepy without making it scary, and turn an amazing story into a great adventure that I think everyone should experience.

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