DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Alby, a loyal house cat, bravely walks through Professor Wizoom's triangular doorway and is transported to a strange, new world. He befriends a humorous and somewhat annoying little froguar named Fremmy; the froguar agrees to help Alby search for the missing professor.
Their search will take Alby and Fremmy on an adventure within a fantasy world not filled with elves, orcs, and dragons. No, they are in a world inhabited by intelligent hybrid animals called jumboos. Courageous tigeroons, wise pandowls, dangerous wolvaraptors, and menacing mantaravens are just a handful of amazing creatures they will encounter during their search. Join them as they dodge pulse blasts from jumboo pirates, befriend animal hybrids with magical powers, and witness an unbelievable battle between two jumboo armies!
Open your mind and prepare for a journey into a middle grade fantasy novel packed with humor, thrilling action, and heartfelt compassion! Prepare for a Journey to Jumbalot!
"The narrative is fluid, the plot tightly constructed, and the action scenes thrilling. In Jumbalot, Ryan Wakefield has created an immersive world that young readers would like to return to again and again." - GoodReads, ★★★★★
"Journey to Jumbalot is an exciting book that you will be sure to never forget. It's definitely a great addition to any library and it is one of those books that you will want to read over and over again." - Kids' BookBuzz, ★★★★★
"Brimming with imagination and magical jumbled-up creatures. This wildly creative children's title is ideal for young readers who enjoy the whimsy and fantasy of children's books, but also want to move up in their reading level. From a simple premise and an unlikely protagonist comes an expansive and entertaining new realm for readers to explore." - Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½
"Are you craving a wild children's adventure filled with unusual fantastical creatures? Then you definitely do not want to miss Journey to Jumbalot!" - Feathered Quill
"I loved the creativity of a triangle doorway and the unique animal combinations!" - Reedsy Discovery, ★★★★
"Ryan Wakefield has created an immersive world that young readers would like to return again and again. This is a must-read for middle-grade fantasy lovers." - The Prairies Book Review
"In this electrifying installment, debut novelist Ryan Wakefield takes readers into a fantasy world filled with intelligent hybrid animals and magical wonders while exploring the themes of friendship, family, loyalty, courage, compassion, and responsibility." - GoodReads, ★★★★★
"Ryan Wakefield's Journey to Jumbalot is as entertaining as it is smart, addressing themes of courage, compassion, friendship, and more. Firephants, warthawks, and deermations keep our imaginations churning on in this fantasy friendship adventure for the whole family--pets included." - Independent Book Review
Ryan Wakefield has worked primarily as a graphic artist for the last 20 years, but he always dreamt about creating a fantasy world young readers can escape to. Since grade school, he was Ryan Ryan Wakefield fascinated with animal hybrids. He loved the idea of blending two or three animals together to create a magnificent new species. This fascination and his love for fantasy inspired him to fulfill his lifelong dream to breathe life into a new world middle grade readers can explore - Jumbalot.
He’s also the proud co-parent of a silly pug named Lily, and a sometimes difficult feline named Rocky. The book’s protagonist, Alby, is based on Ryan’s first pet: an oversized black and white housecat named Albert. The only thing larger than Albert’s appetite was his heart and he is sorely missed. Also, the character of Queen Lola was based on his wife’s first pug named Lola. Sadly, Lola recently succumbed to poor health and will also be deeply missed.
Ryan and his wife encourage everyone to open their hearts and their homes to adoptable pets.