The Dragon Box Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B005FWQ296
- Publication date : August 3, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 406 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 123 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,910,223 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Dragon Box is subtly educational in a number of ways. Firstly, Mack(enzor) encourages James to think and act for himself, something he is not keen on doing initially. James' sidekicks are barely animate computerised routines, and as such offer him little direct support in his quest. The novel also teaches children that violence is never the answer to problems, and that quick thinking and puzzle solving are far more valuable life-skills. And while there is some use of magic (such as a water spell called fal-ush-da-dunnee - you'd have to be Australian to get that joke), magic never entirely solves life's problems. In short, The Dragon Box manages to avoid becoming a wish-fulfillment or power fantasy, something for which the author should be credited. I look forward to this author's subsequent work with keen interest.
THE DRAGON BOX is a middle-grade novel recommended for ages 8-12 years. Focusing on the imagination of a child, Katie W Stewart takes us into a world of science fiction and fantasy, where every boy dreams of fighting with dragons, witches, ogres and goblins.
Like many children his age, 11 year old James, doesn't want to participate in his weekly scheduled footy ball games, so he fakes an injury. Knowing her son isn't happy, James's mother asks him to retrieve a book from old man Mack's house next door and against his better judgment James reluctantly heads over to the `crazy' professor's house. But one quick look into the house and James is in awe. There are gadgets and machines of all sorts, waiting for someone to play. But it isn't until Mack gives James a `dragon box' does the real adventure begin.
Something similar to "Dungeons and Dragons' or perhaps a computer game, the Dragon Box takes James and Mack through a game-like scenario where James controls the events. Mack has designed the `Dragon Box', and the characters within are all representations of the people in James and Mack's life.
As the game unfolds, Mack must teach James to use the magic that is his to control. And as each level is successfully completed, a new and more dangerous level presents. Throughout the storyline, James must use his imagination and strategize about his next move. But not until his final move, does real life interject. Praying against all odds, that everyone he knows and loves is alive, James crosses between worlds, hoping to see the one person he knows, that could very well change his life.
THE DRAGON BOX is a wonderful story. And like many Young Adult storylines, The Dragon Box is not just for the young, but also the young at heart. There is adventure, science-fiction and fantasy all rolled into a storyline that is sure to put a smile on your face.
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James has joined a footy team and is being picked on by some of the other bigger and more aggressive players. He feigns illness one Saturday morning to get out of a game. His mom is not fooled and sends him next door to deliver a book to Mack, a grandfatherly nutty professor type who invents games. Mack has recently begun to use modern technology and invents a game just for James. But this is no video game. In this game James is transported to another place and time and becomes a real-life hero who must use his wits and overcome his insecurities and fears to save the day.
The Dragon Box is a modern fable, delightfully imagined and well written, with subtle meaning incorporated into the story. Exactly the type of book one would encourage their young children to read.
It seemed just right for the age group to which it was targeted, but a good read for any age. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It is worth noting here that the exquisite cover was illustrated and designed by the author.
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I didn't like the box because I hate trolls. I hate stinky toenails. I hate swords but I'd love to use one when I'm a grown up. Swords are dangerous for children. I was happy James rescued Mack. I hate witches because when they die they're still stinky. I like dragons because I love riding on them when we're flying and I love heights.
Anyway, did you like the story?
(with a nod of the head) Yeah.
This was my son's first attempt at a review :)
The Dragon Box is a beautiful story. I think my boy is a tad too young for it, but he did enjoy it (he asked to continue the story every night), so I expect children that are 8-12 as advised would really appreciate it (and so would anyone over that age who is still a kid at heart). Katie Stewart writes really well, making, in my case, reading this story both enjoyable for mum and child. There is action and suspense, and it appeals to the child's imagination with knights and witches and dragons (see above - I would have loved to know what was going on in my son's head as I was telling him the story!). The story will keep the child interested, while remaining straightforward and easy to follow/read.
We are definitely looking forward to more stories for youngsters, especially if they,too, have dragons in :) I am giving it a five-star based on my son's experience, who, I must say, is not always that keen on nighttime reading, but obviously was delighted by this one.
This fantasy quest is geared towards, but by no means exclusive to, a male readership circa 8 - 12 years. It bears all the hallmarks of a quest novel - puzzles to solve, dangers to be faced, risks to be taken, baddies to be overcome, original characters and fast-paced storytelling. Uniquely, this book also comes with its' own brand of humour - and that's where the target readership comes in!
I'm not male, I'm way out of the target age-range and I'm not very familiar with the genre - so it's a credit to Katie Stewart's story-telling ability that I galloped through this engaging tale in one, albeit lengthy, session. Children will enjoy it but I recommend it to parents as well. It's not only entertaining but also thought-provoking - an ideal story to share.
The tale , well written and full of fast-paced excitement, has everything to keep the reader interested; a great bunch of friends, a noble quest, a pair of bullies, and the meanest, nastiest evil Queen you can imagine. (She actually reminded me of my grammar school headmistress!) In the end it is the intelligence and character of James who wins through, which is as it should be.
This is without doubt the best children's book I've read all year. All in all it's an excellent 5 star read and highly recommended.
A well written book with an end which is quite touching.