Kudos to this father/daughter writing team, and to the illustrator, for this fun, humorous story.
P.J. loves animals, so he's pretty excited when hisKudos to this father/daughter writing team, and to the illustrator, for this fun, humorous story.
P.J. loves animals, so he's pretty excited when his dad announces they're taking a trip to the zoo. When P.J. finally arrives, however, he's dismayed to find the first animals they visit--the bears--are all asleep. According to the zookeeper, these bears have a reason for sleeping that is not based on natural nocturnal patterns--instead their reason is rooted in a familiar fairy tale. Soon P.J. discovers that this situation has affected the whole zoo! As P.J. and his dad go from cage to cage, they meet all sorts of snoozing animals and question various zookeepers.
This story makes good use of repetition, which is often fun for young readers. They know what's coming next and can chime in. The pictures work to enhance the story, adding a whole host of unspoken elements (and a few word bubbles that made me chuckle). I really enjoyed looking at the art and young readers will find much to discover hidden amongst the sleeping animals. Enjoyable! ...more
This is the book to read if you are headed to a Rennaissance Fair. And if you're not, you'll be in the mood to find one. It's filled with adventure, mThis is the book to read if you are headed to a Rennaissance Fair. And if you're not, you'll be in the mood to find one. It's filled with adventure, mugs of ale, delicious food and boisterous taverns and inns.
The title, the Unknown Man, refers to the main character. Not only is he unknown to anyone in the world around him, he's unknown to himself. He wakes with no memory of how he got where he is, and why he's dressed in an awesome set of armor and holding a powerful sword. The story becomes a quest to learn the answer, along with a larger quest to find a number of magic orbs and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. As our main character journeys along his path, he picks up various interesting companions. Each has a role to play in ensuring the future safety of their world.
I enjoyed following along with the cast of characters very much. The protaganist and his friends are a good-hearted bunch. Fainthearted readers be warned, though. The bad guys are brutal and gory and no details are spared.
The tale ends with a big revelation that leads to the next story. Fortunately, this one is wrapped up enough to feel like an ending for this particular book. All in all, an enjoyable read.
My review is based solely on the story. I have opted not to comment on the grammar, spelling and writing style and therefore cannot vouch for those aspects of this book. ...more
What a great first line: "The older I get the more feral I become." This delightfully headstrong internal pondering is the sort of thing you can expecWhat a great first line: "The older I get the more feral I become." This delightfully headstrong internal pondering is the sort of thing you can expect from Nica, the witty rookie detective who heads up "Nica of Los Angeles" by Sue Perry.
When we meet Nica in her office, she's faced with the unpleasant task of trying to turn down a well drawn, strung out female client. A second client soon arrives; a couple begging for help tracking down a missing girl. Things turn weird when Nica takes a break to visit the building's rooftop garden and discovers soil soaked with what appears to be blood. The story rapidly evolves from a predictable sleuth adventure into something completely science fiction with the arrival of Nica's third prospective clientele. These are not normal humans. They may not even be human at all. As to what sort of help they want from her, you'll have to read to find out.
This sci-fi/mystery reads like a grownup version of The Phantom Tollbooth. There's no shortage of the absurd, with inanimate objects coming to life, and a wide variety of creatures having their say. I think it would hold appeal for fans of Terry Pratchett. Prepare to be transported to alternate realities, complete with Nica's insightful witticisms. While it's not my normal fare, I enjoyed this bizarre romp through Sue Perry's creatively imagined worlds....more