My teenage daughter is a tough book critic. She is usually reading 3-4 books at a time, both for her homeschool and for fun. We recently had her review Victoria Simcox's new book: The Magic Warble. Here is what my 13-year-old thought of it:
"The Magic Warble" was one the of the best books that I have ever read. It was exciting, comical, and intense. I was entertained every second of the book. There have been times, while reading even the best of books, that I have have had to push myself to finish a chapter, but this book had you entertained for all of it.
The plot was similar to "The Chronicles of Narnia", by going to a different world to to help return peace to it, but it was different and unique in it's own ways (different enough not to make you feel like you were reading the same book.) I very much liked that it had good, classic grammar. A lot of books have turned me away from reading them, because so many times they had been grammatically incorrect, but this author wrote this book incredibly well.
While being a very good book full of humor, fun, and adventure, I would recommend it for the older age groups, most likely teens. There were a few parts in the book that may be frightening to the younger age groups, but nothing that parents would most likely be in disagreement of.
It will also be more appropriate for the older age groups because of the message that the books bring. (I think that they would appreciate it more if they were older.) She had little things in the book that made it more enjoyable also. For instance, I very much liked the artwork in the book. (The artwork made it more real.) Another thing that she had in it that I liked was the map in the beginning. I like it when books do that, so that while you are reading, you can go back see where the characters are. It is pretty fascinating!
Overall, it was an amazing book. Anybody can write words on a page, but Victoria Simcox did an amazing job of making it a book, something I didn't want to put down until I was finished. I will definitely be recommending it to friends.So there you have it! My daughter gave it a high mark! Here is a bit more about the author:
Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now lives in Western Washington with her husband, Russ and their three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Her other family members are a Chihuahua, named Pipsy and two cats, named Frodo and Fritz. Besides being an author, Victoria is a home-schooling mother of twelve years and an elementary school art teacher of eleven years. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys managing her two older children's Celtic band. She also loves writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and just simply hanging out with her family and friends.Find out more about this exciting middleschool read at the Facebook fanpage! You can also follow the author at her blog or on Twitter. It's now also available at Amazon...
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*Review copy received. Opinions are 100% my own.