I absolutely love Stephen Lawhead. I fell in love with his writing in the King Raven series (Hood, Scarlet and Tuck), which I still hold today is possI absolutely love Stephen Lawhead. I fell in love with his writing in the King Raven series (Hood, Scarlet and Tuck), which I still hold today is possibly one of my favorite series that I have ever read. But I must admit that when I tried another one of his series, I put it down to come back to later. Considering how much I enjoy Stephen Lawhead, when I heard that his son was going to be writing along the same genre, I was super excited to jump for it in his debut book.
About halfway through, I lost interest. My Enginerd has often told me, I’m not imaginative enough, and he is ready to grab this book from my fingertips and read it on his own as he says it sounds fascinating. At the prologue and the first few chapters I was captivated and really curious what was going on and what was about to happen. But then once Daniel “got out” or “got in” or however you’d like to put it… when he was “there” again the conversation through me and I was forcing myself to read and turn pages. Alas.
I have seen lots of positive reviews everywhere for this book already, but it’s a book I just cannot finish or at least I’ll have to come back to it later. While reading I had my mind jumping different places. Reminiscent of the TV Series Angel when they started jumping portals and into sweeping to different realities of C.S. Lewis in his Chronicles of Narnia and a bit of influence from perhaps other Inklings authors as well. I think that all in all, this book will definitely be someone’s perfect cup of tea (my husband perhaps), but just not mine, at least not right now.
*Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing a copy for review through the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour.*
Finalist in the ‘Children’s Religious’ Category of the USA Book News “Best Books 2011” Awards
Recommended to Margaret by: Veritas Press
Read from January 25 to November 15, 2012 — I own a copy
My first glimpse of Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs was from the Master Books catalog/website. Second was on a recommendation of finding it in the Veritas Press catalog. Third was in conversation with my sister when she said that this would be an excellent book for her oldest son. I just knew even before I got my hands on it that this was going to be something full of fascination. I am not disappointed and not surprised to find something so great from Master Books and New Leaf Publishing Group.
This is a special book and not one to leave out with the little ones. There are fragile bits with envelopes that open and present the letters they are hiding as well as lift-the-flap type doors and booklets. Your eyes will be treated to a feast with all the different shapes and textures on each page in addition to the fabulous illustrations of dragons, dinosaurs and similar lore. While this book is a juvenile non-fiction, I would aim at around six or older with a child that can know how important it is to be very careful with all the bits within to make it last for years to come. (My three-year-old can enjoy it, but I wouldn't leave her alone with it. She might get carried away and misplace a letter or internal document that is half the fun.)
Content ranges throughout the book with many different topics. The size of the book makes looking maps or large pictures very attractive. From geography to archaeology the details are awesome. This book could be used to spark an interest or as a whole resource if you're not delving terribly deep into the history of dragons and dinosaurs. From full page double opening spreads to illustrations and artifact photography there is plenty to please your vision.
A dragon timeline provides very neat information that would make designing a spring-board for jumping into fictional accounts easy. Learning about translations of accounts and even a page with dragon names in various languages is fun for the mind. I love now at my age, but I know my young-self would have loved this! Ending the book with a questions and answers page on dragons in the Bible is great and a wonderful way to leave it off.
I have yet to see anything that quite compares to this book. It is really incredible and you have to see it in person to really get the full effect.
In anticipation of the September release of The Crimson Shard, the second book in the The Blackhope Enigma series, Templar Books, an imprint of CandleIn anticipation of the September release of The Crimson Shard, the second book in the The Blackhope Enigma series, Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press is re-releasing the debut novel in an affordable paperback format. According to what I’ve read, Teresa Flavin is an author turned illustrator and who could weave a more intricate and fascinating visual story than one that lives to put stories to page for other people’s vision.
This chapter book with scattered black and white drawings through out weaves a mystical tale that brings adventure from the first page. True to entertain the young and adult and middle grades it might also appeal to adults as well much in the way of Narnia and Middle Earth. These stories too are captivating by layers of a painting. Enchanting and page turning.
*Thanks to Candlewick Press for providing a copy for review.*...more