Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom


242 pages
ISBN 1-4120-1642-8
DDC jC813'.6




Reviewed by Anne Hutchings

Anne Hutchings, a former elementary-school teacher-librarian with the
Durham Board of Education, is an educational consultant.


Imogene is only five years old when she is left in the care of her
strange Auntie Agnes and her equally strange, but much kinder, butler,
Sampson. Five long years pass before she is reunited with her parents
and we learn that Imogene and her parents are the royal family of the
Atlantis-like underwater Pacific Kingdom. King Roland and Queen Elsie
have hidden Princess Imogene on the surface to save her from the
clutches of her wicked uncle, Serenito. Sampson, who in reality is a
doctor and hypnotist, and other loyalists have been part of this
elaborate plot, which, predictably, isn’t entirely successful.
Nonetheless, just as predictably, when Serenito and his evil cohorts
manage to capture King Roland and Queen Elsie and take over the kingdom,
they are ultimately defeated by 10-year-old Princess Imogene and her
Poufo Powder.

An unappealing cover, unsophisticated writing style, a far-fetched plot
(even for a fantasy story), wooden characters, and unrealistic dialogue
mark this book as an amateur effort. With numerous errors in grammar,
word usage, and punctuation, it is in dire need of a good editor. Not


Saari, Teresa., “Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 12, 2024,