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It is a story I won't easily forget.
In fact, I look forward to reading this to my granddaughters at some point in the near future. The imagery painted in prose is quite good, if at times a little stilted. Perhaps not so much stilted as, perhaps, formal like Archibald himself.
All in all very enjoyable tale of an extraordinary young man living in an Outlandish place and time of his life.
Archie's mother is a chef and I enjoyed reading about her restaurant and the delicious food she fixes.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful. They’re drawn by the author's daughter.
If you’re looking for a fun book with a cool library in it and a character who loves children's stories and a love story and all-around super-fun characters, go for Archie of Outlandish.
Will read the book again only this time with the soundtrack. Thank you for transporting me to Outlandish. Is there such a real place?
“Archie, the only thing that can stop you from having the life you desire is you. You have to pursue life as it presents itself to you.”
Archibald Plumby lives with his parents in a fascinating little California coastal town named Outlandish :“Lovely enough to do nothing and see everything. Lively enough to keep you entertained for days on end!” To a lot of people, Archie might seem to have a strange life. Keeping to himself, he writes an observational column for the local paper while adapting his life to his drastic "phobia" which he describes as" similar to anablephobia—which is the fear of looking up—but most people with anablephobia are only bothered by large open spaces, like the sky or an auditorium. I can’t even look at an eight-foot ceiling.”
As Archie turns twenty, he begins to wonder if his life will always be this way. And then he meets Tallulah Z. Greenleaf, aka "Tallie", and with that, his life changes, his faith deepens and his world expands.
This book is magical is the truest sense of the word: a change in perspective. I read Kraft's Ingrid in 2014, and was honored when she approached me to review this work as well. The story is enhanced with the gloriously colorful illustrations done by Abigal Kraft. I also downloaded the soundtrack which, for many will embellish the story even more. [ Unfortunately due to my disability, I can't concentrate on the music and read at the same time anymore, however, Jared Kraft's score is lush and enhancing, as was his work with the Ingrid project]
It is faithful and faith filled without being preachy; a skill some authors never achieve, with a believeable premise and a charming love story. I highly recommend this book, and the three Kraft collaborators need to be applauded for their skill in storytelling.