Mumbledypeg, On Call is a children’s book made to be read to children K-4. Senior citizen, Mrs. P.G. Mumbledypeg is called out of early retirement to help a young town ruffian, Dexter Cainbrake, get ready for an important meeting with the governor of the state. The governor has created a children’s conference at the Governor’s Mansion with children from all over the state in attendance. Dexter was selected to go and there is no excuse that will get him out of it. When the town discovers the governor’s selection there is much hand-wringing. Is Dexter going to embarass the whole town? Dexter, himself, knows this is a possiblity so he decides to enlist the help of Mrs. Mumbledypeg as she is kind of a walking encyclopedia on many subjects. Oh dear! Mrs. Mumbledypeg has only forty-eight hours to get Dexter shaped-up for the big event. She enlists the help of her old friend Calysta, also known to the area children as Snaggletooth. What on earth will happen when they take Dexter into Snaggletooth’s cave-like home to give him a crash course in all things gentlemanly? There are pauses in the story to do some fun and instructional activities such as survey-taking, graph- making, polite tea parties, conversational techniques, and other delights. Mrs. Mumbledypeg has found it helpful to use George Washington’s Rules of Civility that he composed when he was a lad. Children find Mumbledypeg, On Call funny and entertaining. The story is chock full of ideas that can add polish to personalities.
The average rating for this book is “5 stars.” Linda Jo M. says, “This story is hilarious. I could imagine this happening in my own neighborhood!” Effie M. says, “I know several that could use this program!”