Escape from Zobadak by Brad Gallagher
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I couldn't tell if this is supposed to lead to a sequel(or start a series) because too much remained unexplained by the end. The book starts well, with Uncle Gary's disappearance and Billy and Sophie starting to piece together some of the odd clues that lead them not into a wardrobe but into a nightstand.
It's the world inside the nightstand and its links to the outside world that need work. For example, the gift boxes Uncle Gary gives the children have odd numbers on them, yet only one is pertinent to the story: will the others lead elsewhere? Do the toys have meaning? And the endless descriptions of this wooden world could have been edited down to make way for more character integration. It was as though the author was so excited about this world that the action and people became an afterthought.
Copy provided by publisher.