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Alf The Workshop Dog: An illustrated, interactive, magical bedtime story chapter book adventure for kids (Once upon a NOW 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00NWQ96PE
- Publisher : Gallo-Romano Media; 21st edition (October 11, 2014)
- Publication date : October 11, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 13233 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 63 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,393 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The fairy tale adventure opens in the kingdom of Zanubia where Alfredo, a gentle and lonely boy, struggles in his role as prince. The king expects him to become a great warrior and conqueror. Alfredo is only at peace when the king is off to battle. Alfred's mother allows him to sing and play in the forest where he meets a girl named Laura who becomes his friend. When Alfred grows up and refuses to fight, he is thrown into prison. Eventually Alfred is released with the expectation that he will become a merciless hunter and warrior. The king is dismayed when his son stands up for Laura who is accused of stealing. She escapes and Alfred follows., but they are not destined to be together. A golden crow warns the prince he must hide if he does not want to be killer. Alfred is transformed into a dog named Alf, who will lead many interesting lives while observing humans.
What will happen on Alf's many adventures? Is Prince Alfred gone forever? Does Laura survive? What happens to the kingdom of Zanubia?
The length of this chapter book makes it a good choice for reluctant and beginning readers. Charming pencil drawings and those interactive bonus features keep things interesting. The plot is easy to follow and the characters believable. Great choice for boys and girls in the seven to eleven age range.
Going along with the traditional of fairy tale form she opens her story, `Once upon a time, in a land called Zanubia, there lived a young prince called Alfredo. He had never asked to be special, but his father was the King and his mother was the Queen. His mother was kind and loving. She cared for the people and encouraged Alfredo to leave the palace and mix with them. He was a gentle boy who loved music, books and the animals.
His father was a stern and angry king who demanded obedience from everyone. Often he was away at war with all of the neighbouring countries. He was a soldier without mercy and all men trembled at the sight of his huge sword, which he carried in his hand at all times. He saw all others as enemies.' And Alfredo is destined to become the king someday...But when the king is away Alfredo plays his guitar and meets the beautiful Laura, and as the gentle prince grows up he informs the king he cannot follow his father's example. Alfredo is imprisoned, receives a supportive letter from Laura, but when the king announces that Alfredo's mother is dead he demands Alfredo become a warrior, and is doomed to marry a Princess form a conquered land. Alfredo attends a party before the hunt and there defends his friend Laura who is accused of stealing bread: Alfredo helps her escape into the forest. The knights and the king are out to capture Laura but Alfredo charges into the forest, helps a wounded deer who tells him to take her to a place in the forest no human knows. Magically a golden crow gives aid to the deer and turns Alfredo into a dog so he will be safe and never be recognized as Prince Alfredo. He returns to Zanubia as a dog, but when he sees how poorly dogs are treated he returns to the sacred soot in the forest and on into the future where he lived as all manner of dogs, ever under the protection of the crows. Finally he comes to contemporary times as Alf the workshop dog and had many friends among the humans and meets Laura again - and with the magic words from the golden crow he once again becomes the kind prince Alfredo, the people of Zanubia welcome him and he marries Laura and changes the laws of the land - all people must say `Will you be my friend' throughout the land. And of course everyone lives happily ever after.
In addition to the charming new fairy tale, Emma and Michael have introduced audio and video components into the fabric of the story, making this a VERY contemporary fairy tale. And a very successful one, too! Grady Harp, November 14
I am a sucker for a good fairy tale and this story hits the mark. It is imaginative and whimsy which will be very appealing to the younger crowd. It was also an original idea to include the additional content available by smart phone, videos and images. It will draw the reader in and enhance their reading experience. Kudos to Calin for a terrific book.
Ah, that's where the plot thickens! Father king releases Alfredo, thinking that he'll make his son brave and obedient yet. So now enters a deer whose life Alfredo spares. And "The Great Crow of the World" with magical powers and reassuring prophecy. So what does Great Crow do? He turns Alfredo, the King's son, into a -- dog! Alf the Dog, of course! As a dog in the coming years, Alf finds a new home and new master. And he learns wisdom. How will that wisdom turn his world and his father's world around? Ah -- that's the intriguing story!
The author assures us that in this story, "No dogs or humans were harmed in the making of this book." You and/or your youngsters are invited to join the author's special "once-upon-a-now-club." They can also secure a free coloring book. You're also introduced to the author's next book, "Kool Kid Kruncah and the High Trapeze." What an imagination this author has, huh? Being British, she invents stories in the best tradition of English children's literature.
Top reviews from other countries
It was an interesting little tale, but felt rather contrived. The ending appeared quite sudden too.
Overall it was a book we got some pleasure from reading, but I would not read again.