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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Hardcover – January 28, 2014
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Since this is a child's book I don't judge by my usual criteria but explore two basic questions. The first is whether I would want my child to read it. To this I say most assuredly yes. It has a strong lesson to teach about following your own path, bravery and never giving up and being systematic in everything you do. As a fairly logical person I would like every chance to influence my children in that particular regard especially! More importantly, the book contains nothing one could consider even remotely of concern for young audiences. No sex, no drugs, just a bit of adventure, petty theft and lying to one's parents. OK, maybe not the best example but not like some of the terrible YA stuff I've come across.
The second question is whether I think my kids would want to read it at all. This is always difficult to judge but it does have characters that kids can relate to and a pretty entertaining story line. The vocabulary is not especially daunting and the action picks up from the every first paragraph so I think this one has a chance at setting the hook.
So in summary, I was entertained enough reading it and I think kids will be too. I have no concerns about the lesson they'll get out of it and they might learn something positive too if they're not careful. Exactly the sort of book I wold have liked as a youngster.
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Our heroine, Ophelia, is introduced as a modern, prickly, no-nonsense, and apparently humorless girl. We learn about her disinterested older sister, the loss of her Mother and the consequent distraction of her Father, and we begin to sympathize. Still, at the outset her emotional range seems only to embrace moodiness, boredom, sadness and a detached sort of melancholy. But we also sense something else, something heroic, deep inside and waiting to be triggered
Our hero, the fairy tale Nameless Boy, is found by Ophelia where he has been imprisoned in a forgotten room in an impossibly immense museum. He is old, insubstantial, just a voice on the other side of a locked door. He feels ancient, long suffering, resigned to his fate and lost. Will he regain his strength and his heroic role when teamed with Ophelia?
The Boy asks Ophelia to help him, and she must decide whether to become involved, again, in the world.
This book's story is a free-wheeling retelling of the Snow Queen fairy tale.Read more ›
Illustrated by Yoko Tanaka
Knopf Books for Young Readers 2014
Children’s Fiction: Fantasy; Adventure
“Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.
As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.
A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.”
A lover of children’ stories, I was excited to receive an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, and on reading Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy I discovered my excitement was warranted. Described as a tweaked and updated re telling of Anderson’s The Snow Queen, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy incorporates all of the elements of a good children’ story and utilizes both action and metaphor to convey it’s message of hope, friendship, strength and love.
Written for the Middle school reader, author Karen Foxlee has created a rich, tightly woven fantasy that captures the imagination, is easy to read and operates on several levels.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 9-year old son said the following after recently completing this title:
"It was awesome. I think it's kind of scary, but it's really cool. Read more
Thumbs up, this is good. I like it but it needs a few tweaks.
BAD SIDE: Ophelia needs to do something! For the main character, she isn't doing anything to fight. Read more
This book is so exciting and so fun. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It also does a lot of foreshadowing and you "know" something before the the main... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the account holders son. I really liked the book, but it would have been better if it wasn't so predictable.
Miss Kaminski, kind of shallow. Read more
Because it was a great book
I liked the boy's personality
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The need for courage; the fight of good against evil; the true-hearted heroes; these make it a fun read all around that is well told, with interesting language. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Janet Richards