- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 1 hour and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: September 15, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015EKX08O
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The Balderdash Saga: The Prince's Plight: Lower Grade Fairy Tale Adventure, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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They were able to read the story to me, independently, with only the occasional help sounding out a word. (Ages 9 & 7).
I suppose I was aware of this while reading (and thoroughly enjoying!) Book 1 - "The Underground Princess" with my daughter, but as good as that story was, I liked this one just a bit more. A fun, rollicking adventure right from the first page, "The Prince's Plight" dances between the world of the living and the underground (but far from dead!) kingdom of Balderdash, as Prince Kaylan fights to protect a living girl from the clutches of the evil Lord Faron.
As in the other book, the writing is first-rate, the characters are well-rounded and interesting, and the story is engaging. Mr. Zulauf knows his audience well, and provides plenty of morality lessons without ever talking down to them. I particularly enjoyed the way he sprinkles the text with more complex words to challenge his readers and help expand their vocabularies, yet at the same time frames those words in well-constructed sentences so as to not "lose" his reader. I suspect Mr. Zulauf would make as fine a teacher as he is a writer!
The Balderdash Saga books are chapter books aimed at young readers (ages 6 to 11, approximately) and if you're in the market, you cannot go wrong with this purchase! Excellent storytelling and beautiful, whimsical illustrations (I wish there were more - minor complaint) combine to make an enjoyable reading experience, whether you are reading with your child or letting them "fly solo!"
Yes, the stories do deal with corpses and macabre elements, but the books are not at all nightmare-inducing. Mr. Zulauf has created a wonderful fantasy landscape, and I promise, you'll enjoy these rich, lively characters so much you'll forget they are "undead."
Bravo, Mr. Zulauf! My daughter and I eagerly await the next installment!
The Princes Plight picks up the tale where UPP left off and answers the question! We follow the prince through his own journey as he figures out what is really in his heart. Will he be the bad apple everyone seems to think he is, or will he become the hero? It's a great book that offers a good lesson for the kids.