I love it when my daughter brings home a Michael Morpurgo book from the library, and this one is no exception. Having a soft spot for all books Arthur...moreI love it when my daughter brings home a Michael Morpurgo book from the library, and this one is no exception. Having a soft spot for all books Arthurian, I indulged and enjoyed a great story about King Arthur, told simply and very, very well. (less)
This is another great book with well rounded characters and fabulous imagery. The story moves on from where we left it in the Moon Coin and we get to...moreThis is another great book with well rounded characters and fabulous imagery. The story moves on from where we left it in the Moon Coin and we get to know Jasper better. Jasper is a likeable, capable and bright teenage boy, who plans and considers the consequences of his actions far more than his younger sister Lily. Lily, although just as bright and possibly brighter, appears to be more reckless and devious in this book.
Alot happens, and it is incredible how much influence 2 children from earth (or maybe not from earth) have in the moon realm. I suspect that Uncle Ebb has planned his disappearance to provide the children with this adventure and to progress his plans to unite people and creatures of the moons; a destiny or prophesy perhaps from a world filled with magic. Again, the children's parents do not act in a way we expect, something definitely fishy going on there, and what's with the bonsai? Who are the two women camped out in Uncle Ebbs mansion?
Dradondain was difficult to rate for me, I loved it and can't wait until next year for the third book, but it felt like "an instalment" rather than a book in it's own right. For this reason, I would have rated it 4.5 stars, but 5 it is because 4 is overly critical / harsh.
My daughter is the right age (9/10) for this book and loved it, as she did the Moon Coin, but we're in the UK and few children have their own e-readers, therefore I urge the publisher to make the paperback versions more easily available outside of the US. Christmas is coming up and these books are fabulous presents, but parents will not be willing to pay large carriage charges.
The Moon Coin is a highly imaginative book that grips you from the prologue. I read it with my 9 year old daughter, who cannot wait until the next boo...moreThe Moon Coin is a highly imaginative book that grips you from the prologue. I read it with my 9 year old daughter, who cannot wait until the next book is published.
Initially I likened this to a mixture of Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree stories and Narnia, but as I read more, the story became quite a bit darker than both of those. Great imagery and the characterisation is excellent - the magical creatures come alive!
I found Lily and Jasper’s parent’s behavior really quite odd at times!
The Moon Coin seems to get better with second and third reads too.(less)