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Bionicle Chronicles #1: Tale of the Toa Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Bionicle Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; English Language edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439501164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439501163
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

My favorite character in this book is Tahu.
Anchalee Jansem
One of my favorite things to do is read to my kids, so this book was a no-brainer for us.
"teraberry"
My 6y old son loves bionicles so I bougth this book for him to read.
book crazy

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "teraberry" on August 27, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My two boys (ages 5 and 6)are Bionicle crazy. I think we've bought enough Bionicles to keep the Lego business afloat on our own! They love sitting down with me on the couch and listening to me read another chapter in this tale of the Toa's beginning. I think it's a good way to use something they like and join in with them by reading to them about it. It's an expression of love from me to them. Since there are no pictures in the book I encourage them to use their minds to imagine what the pictures would be as I read to them. My 6 year old especially does this and afterwards can describe the setting of his imaginary pictures. One of my favorite things to do is read to my kids, so this book was a no-brainer for us. It has brought us lots of enjoyment!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Charboneau on December 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For Bionicle fans, Scholastic recently put out a series called the Bionicle Chronicles.
There are 4 books in this new series. Each book averages 125 pages. The first in this series is called Tale of the Toa. This book is set in the ancient land of Mata Nui. Makuta, a powerful evil has risen, causing a darkness to cover the land. Six heroes called the Toa, wash ashore the beach of Mata Nui to help save the Matoran people. Their purpose is to restore peace and destroy all of the evil on Mata Nui.
I couldn't put this book down, it was so exciting. Throughout this whole story, I felt like I was part of the action. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good action/adventure story. If I could say two words about this book it would be READ IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 24, 2005
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I gave this book a five for amazing. I gave it this rating because I think it gives out a lot of information about the six toa, Mata Nui, Makuta, and other important things. This book is about how the six toa, Tahu, Lewa, Kopaka, Onua, Pohatu, and Gali, find all of their Kanohi masks. They have to fight giant beasts and risk their lives to get all of the great masks and to awaken Mata Nui out of a deep slumber.If you want to read about six mighty heroes on an action-packed adventure to save their home island, you should read all the books in this series. Will they succeed or will they fail? Read to find out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 26, 2003
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my son is an exceptional reader. he is only six, yet he reads at a fourth grade reading level. it is, however, hard to get him to read books at that level, as they seem to be daunting to him.
this book however he burned thru in about an hour and a half. he loved it and is begging for more! if you have a young reader in your house and they are into bionicles, get them this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anchalee Jansem on March 23, 2007
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I think this book is great. My favorite character in this book is Tahu. The reason I think this book is great is because it is about lego heroes saving an island called "Mata Nui."
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I've been reading all of these books to my five-year-old who does not have a single one of the toys.

Cathy Hapka is kind of a hack writer of juvenile fiction, so I wasn't expecting great literature here, but I am astonished to find that my kid is enchanted by these books (we're on #5 now). Night after night, I have read to him out of these little paperbacks with no pictures. We have turned them into a fabulous exercise in reading comprehension: I read a scene then (occasionally) stop to ask what's going on. Sometimes I read it a second time to be sure he's gotten it and to let him practice using what he hears to set up a visual image. The differences in the personalities of the Toa also make for some good discussions about problem-solving.

I will also mention that the books are a little preachy, but I am not opposed to the main message which is: people (or Toa) are stronger, smarter and more effective when they work together. A secondary message is much harder for little kids to grasp: when you have an obligation, you try your best to fulfill it, even though you may fail and even though trying may be painful.
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A Kid's Review on July 24, 2008
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This is the first book in the Chronicle series.

Summary:
The Great Spirit Mata Nui has given the ones called the Matoran and island paradise. But Mata Nui's brother, the Makuta, betrays him, and casts him and the island in shadow. Legend said that six Toa would help to awaken Mata Nui. Time would tell that these weren't legends, as the Toa did appear on the land. Together, they pledged to defend Mata Nui.

What Happens:
The six Toa - Tahu, Gali, Lewa, Kopaka, Pohatu, Onua - arrive on the island with no memory of one another. They meet and decide to find the Kanohi, Great Masks of Power. Then Kopaka, the Toa of Ice, has a vision to go under a temple. They go under the temple, where they encounter the Manas (see BIONICLE encyclopedia for information). They merge into Toa Kaita Akamai and Wairuha (you can make theses sets if you collect the six Toa Mata). Then they face the Shadow Toa, dark versions of themselves. They win.
Book ends.

-Tootboy586
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By David Sullivan on November 17, 2003
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OK, I waited a long time for a Bionicle book, and we get one. Frankly, it's not really my cup of tea. It's not that it's bad, just that it's mainly reused stuff from the website and comics. It's cool for two reasons though. For one, it fleshes out the 2001 storyline more, making it a more understandable period in the Bionicle saga. It's also great to give to a friend or parent who wants to know more about the Bionicle universe. As far as enjoyable reading goes, it doesn't get many stars. It uses simple language and has a few storyline errors. Overall though, it's a fun and useful way to fill people out on the world of Bionicle.
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