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Literature / Mabel Jones

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Mabel Jones is a series of fantasy-adventure children’s books, written by British author Will Mabbitt and illustrated by Ross Collins.

The books currently released include:

  1. The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones (2015)
  2. Mabel Jones and The Forbidden City (2016)
  3. Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book (2016)

Mabel Jones provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: the titular character fought with her cutlass and went on “unlikely” adventures.
  • Animal Is the New Man: The Noo World is inhabited by animals with very few humans remaining.
  • Badass Adorable: Mabel. She is shown to be able to fight off pirates and carry out many major feats, despite being a child.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: The animals of the Noo world are this to varying extents, with some of them wearing just trousers. However, there are some animals who dress up properly.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Omynus takes a bullet meant for Mabel. He gets better.
  • Pirate Girl: Mabel joins a pirate crew of Funny Animals called the Feroshus Maggot.
  • Pajama-Clad Hero: Mabel never takes off her pyjamas while in the Noo World, despite wearing the pyjamas for weeks without changing them. This is taken to ridiculous levels during the only time she DID take them off—dressing a skeleton in her pyjamas as a distraction—only to immediately change back into her pyjamas when the danger was over despite them just having been on a, well, skeleton. She must really like wearing her pyjamas.
    • Jarvis also qualifies in book 1 based on the Illustrations, although by Book 2 he is instead shown wearing clothes more suitable for engineering.
  • Sticky Fingers: Omynus.
  • Sweet Tooth: Mabel carries around a bag of Jelly Babies in Book 2
  • Taking the Bullet: Omynus at the end of book 1. He gets better.
  • They Have the Scent!:In Book 2, Mabel fights a giant centipede with poor vision and tracks its prey via smell, fighting Mabel with the smell of her pyjamas. Mabel exploits this by taking off her pyjamas and putting them on a skeleton as a distraction.