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Mini-Review: The Mystical Wood (Simon Jenner)

Product Details:
Reading Level: Picture Book
Pages: 40
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781466411166
Source: a copy of the book was given by the author in exchange for an honest review

    If you are looking for a fun book to read with your kids or a book to keep them entertained for ages, then look no further.
    Take a magical journey into 'The Mystical Wood' where a boy, searching for his lost dog, meets a wizard, a dragon, a giant bumblebee and a T-Rex. He must befriend each one to carry on the search for his pet and return back home to his Mum. Will the boy find his dog? How will he get home?
    “Little boy, oh little boy, what business have you here?
    This wood is full of monsters and other things to fear.”

    'The Mystical Wood' combines a terrific adventure with everything a parent or teacher could want a child to read. It has new words, but not too many so that a child loses interest. It shows positive values, without lecturing. It can be read together, or alone. It is written in rhyme which helps your child to remember the new words.
 This was a cute picture book filled with adventure and mystical creatures. Max, the dog, goes missing in the strange woods behind his owner’s house, and his owner goes searching for him—despite being warned by his mother. While he’s in the woods, he meets all sorts of strange creatures, including a wizard, dragon, huge bee, and others. The little boy has to be clever in order to rescue his dog because the woods are “full of monsters and other things to fear.”

The story is told in rhyming couplets, which I always find enjoyable in story books. It takes a lot of patience and skill to tell a complete story in rhyming couplets. The Mystical Wood was a full length story that rhymed consistently! That’s not an easy task. I also enjoyed the beautiful illustrations throughout the book. Every page of text was accompanied by an illustration.

For those looking for a positive message in picture books, this book won’t disappoint. There is a nice message about taking care of your pets, bringing peace to your enemies, and being brave. It sounds like a complicated message, but it is written for kids to understand. This book would be a perfect read aloud with younger children, or a shared reading with your child at bed time. I’m always looking for books to read with my youngest son, and he seems to like this one.


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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