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Marsha Mellow Goes Missing: An Unofficial Story for Shopkins Collectors

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from Kenley Shay and Sky Pony Press

Marsha Mellow Goes MissingMost parents who have been in a toy store in the last year are familiar with Shopkins, the tiny grocery-themed collectibles that fly off of shelves whenever a new shipment comes in. Their popularity has sparked hundreds of millions of views of Shopkins fan videos online, and an official cartoon series set to release in 2016. So, needless to say, they’re kind of a big deal.

Marsha Mellow Goes Missing is the first novel in a series of unofficial Shopkins stories from publisher Sky Pony Press, known for their exceedingly popular unofficial series for Minecrafters. Written by Kenley Shay, this adventure follows nine-year-old Maggie and her friends of the Shopkins Kids Club on a camping adventure where, as the title suggests, a Shopkin goes missing: the ultra-rare blinged-out Marsha Mellow. As Maggie searches desperately for her most prized possession, accusations fly and friendships are put in jeopardy. But when her little brother Max goes missing, Maggie starts to learn the importance of her relationships with friends and family, and that maybe she hasn’t been acting like the greatest sister or friend.
 

Kids who read this story will learn about the bonding power that exists when we are passionate about something, and the importance of inclusion.
 
This middle grade novel is perfect for independent readers ages 7-12 and could certainly be read by an adult to younger Shopkins enthusiasts. Kids who read this story will learn about the bonding power that exists when we are passionate about something, and the importance of inclusion. We all know that fandom can be a means of bringing people together or tearing them apart. This novel shows both sides of that, settling on the lesson that bringing more people in just makes things a lot more fun.

Shay, a Shopkins enthusiast herself, captures the excitement of these adorable collectibles while handling very age-appropriate lessons for young readers, about caring for your belongings, relationships with family and friends, and knowing when it is time to apologize when you’ve done something wrong. The writing is both captivating and easy to understand, and the balance between the intensity of fandom and the accessibility of narrative is perfection. Shopkins lovers and those unfamiliar with the brand would both find much to love about this book.

 

We all know that fandom can be a means of bringing people together or tearing them apart. This novel shows both sides of that, settling on the lesson that bringing more people in just makes things a lot more fun.
 
My daughter (who is eight and is also, coincidentally, named Maggie) and I have been into Shopkins for several months now and this novel has only fueled our mutual excitement for the toys. She can’t stop talking about how much she wants a Marsha Mellow of her own! She found an ultra-rare Shopkin over the weekend and was so excited because it made her feel just a little bit closer to these characters.

While reading through the book, my daughter and I split reading duty so we could include my son who is four. Their relationship often mirrors that of the characters Maggie and Max in the text, and reading through their struggles and triumphs has brought my children even closer. As a parent, I was relieved to discover that the story was so appealing and entertaining that I wanted to find out what happened next as much as my kids did!

We had such a lovely time reading through this story, and I would say that it is a must-read for Shopkins kids and families. I look forward to getting my hands on more books to come in this series, as well as check out the unofficial stories for Minecrafters published by Sky Pony Press. These books are a genius way to blend fandom for toys and games with literature and get kids truly excited about reading!

Marsha Mellow Goes Missing is on sale now from a variety of retailers (including Amazon.com) in both paperback ($7.99) and Kindle ($4.99) format.

About Ashley Montgomery


Single mother of two. Loves all kinds of gaming. Former co-host on a few retired podcasts related to video games and film. Twitter goddess. Most likely a mythical creature.

  • That books sounds great! I’m actually surprised I have not spotted Shopkins before. I feel so out of the loop. lol

    • Ashley Montgomery

      I’d say it’s most popular with the 5-11 year old girl crowd, though my son does love them because they are “so cute and tiny”. But I mean, who doesn’t love adorable tiny anthropomorphized groceries?

  • I’ve never heard of Shopkins either. This book sounds perfect for Hailey.

    • Ashley Montgomery

      Shopkins are really fun … a lot of them are blind-bag collectibles so it’s like baby-gambling. I find myself getting unreasonably excited about them, and I often ask Maggie if I can help her open hers because I can’t help myself. lol 🙂

      • Why does baby gambling sound like something black market illegal?