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The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip Paperback – March 1, 2007


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  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Bothy Books, a Division of Grace & Patrick Ltd (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955524601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955524608
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Format: Paperback
Reviewed by: Dave Broughton

All hail the King ... Carrie King that is. Carrie King is an author that happens to live in England, so she's the King of England. All right, enough fun for the moment. Ms. King has written a brilliant book, The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip, that can stand beside the likes of Catcher in the Rye, The Old Man and the Sea, or On Walden Pond, yet it can be next to Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Huckleberry Finn, or Treasure Island, and be right at home. Joni Pip is a must for any library of those who know quality writing.

Joni Pip's adventures begin when her family moves to Sherwood Forest to escape the World War II bombing of Bath, England. Yes, Virginia, there really is a Sherwood Forest. Joni Pip even meets Robin Hood there, how this happens is reason enough to read the book. Ms. King makes the unbelievable convincing with style and wit.

Highlighted with drawings and asides to the reader, Joni Pip is what the younger set is calling spiffy, a word that meant sharp in appearance, the modern term means beyond excellent. Certainly, The Life in the Woods with Joni-Pip is indeed beyond excellent. Ms. King weaves the story in such a spellbinding way, you won't want to put it down, so be sure you have the time to hide away from the real world while stepping into the wild, wonderful world of Joni-Pip.

Some reviewers will tell you the basic story in a few sentences, but that won't do this wonderfully crafted work justice. Want to know the secrets of the stars? Want to understand the orbit of life, and other secrets of the universe? You'll have to get The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip to discover them for yourself ... then swear to keep them secret.
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Format: Paperback
A story the whole family will enjoy, full of endearing characters that will claim a little piece of your heart. Adventureful, Delightful, Memorable!

The Life in The Wood with Joni-Pip is an adventure of jumping in time, changing bad pasts into better futures, discovering that friends and family are truly important and being grateful for the life we have. Joni-Pip and her family move to Berry Bush on the edge of Sherwood Forrest after the bombing of Bath, England in 1942. During the novel World War 2 is ever-present grounding the reader's thoughts, reminding us that this story, although fiction, does have serious issues at its heart. When Joni-Pip and her family move she thinks the world has ended, what on earth is she going to do at Berry Bush, no friends and no adventure? As a young girl this seems like a horrible outcome bringing with it a future of boredom. Joni-Pip could not possibly imagine a Quission with talking animals was about to teach her about life and bring new friends to her world, providing her with an adventurous journey that would change her life forever.

There are many, many characters in The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip and one couldn't possibly comment on them all but you can't go by without mentioning Ethelred-Ted, Poppy-Plump-Pij and Hetty the Wee. Ethelred-Ted is a German teddy bear, always looking out for the next munch break, very intelligent and a very dear friend to Joni-Pip. Poppy-Plump-Pij, a wood pigeon, speaks funnyful and is more than she appears. Hetty the Wee is a Scottish hedgehog who always has a nice thing to say and is a very devoted friend. These three join Joni-Pip on her Quission and by jumping over the Wall of Time set about making bad pasts into better futures.
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