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This is the second book I have read by Walter Moers. The previous one being The 13 and 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear. I bought this one on the strength of my enjoyment of the other.
I wasn't disappointed. Rumo is just as crazy as Captain Bluebear. I pity the poor translator, as the book was originally written in German, it must have been a surreal experience, translating something so humourous, although perhaps that is just my mad tangential thoughts.

Anyway, the bumph from the back of the book;

Rumo is a little Wolperting who will one day become the greatest hero in the history of Zamonia.
Armed with Dandelion, his talking sword, he fights his way across the Overworld and Netherworld, two very different worlds chock-full of adventures, dangers, and unforgetable characters: including Rala, the beautiful Wolperting who cultivates a hazardous relationship with death; Gerenal Ticktock, the evil commander of the Copper Killers; Ushan DeLucca, the finest most weather-sensitive swordsman in Zamonia; Professor Nightingale, the inventor of the Chest-of-Drawers Oracle; and worse luck, the deadly Metal Maiden.

Although a huge book, both in size, [large paperback size,] and number of pages, 688, it only took me just under two weeks to read, as it is so engrossing. The book is also illustrated by line drawings done by Moers himself. If you like humour it is worth giving this book a try.
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