This inventive novel follows the life of David, a young boy who is the only one who enjoys his Great Uncle Felix coming to stay. Felix is the only famous member of his family; he has written children's novels set in a mysterious world called Axillaris. When Felix arrives, strange, wonderful and random things start happening and suddenly David is in the middle of it all. I enjoy Norcliffe's writing, which is easy to follow. This is the best thing I have read and is as close to Margaret Mahy as I can find.
James Eunson, Tearaway
This is a multi level novel that explores the proposition that the line between fantasy and reality is a lot fuzzier than we think. Readers and writers of children’s literature know this already of course so it is always good when a children’s novel proves how true it is. Very clever writing from James Norcliffe. Almost a new Halfmen of O. All levels will get something out of this
Bob Doherty, Bob's Book Blog
Felix and the Red Rats is the latest children’s novel from James Norcliffe and a ripping wee yarn, rather a ripping two yarns, it is two.James Norcliffe has set the tones of the two stories at the appropriate pitch, with fully realised characters and plots in both tales; and at the end very fittingly ties them together in the final chapter. Felix and the Red Rats was a real pleasure to read. Strongly recommended. I liked the puzzle too; took me a while to solve it.
Simon Litten, Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand