- File Size: 409 KB
- Print Length: 116 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lucky Bat Books (October 19, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005XEHQ4Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Dreables, A Merryweathers Mystery Kindle Edition
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The preliminaries are gotten out of the way very early on, and then it's all adventure, finding the hero within, and learning that cunning old ladies are full of tricks. MILD SPOILERS. The book moves through a number of stages, which makes the tale fast paced and varied. Sam starts off dealing with a fantastic threat on his own. Then he learns more about what is going on. Then he has a Barrow adventure. Then he rejoins Gran and the two of them go off to deal with trouble, and to outsmart, outwit and outfight hosts of Golem-like wights. We alternate among action scenes, exposition, and mild moral hero lessons. There is a lot of zigging and zagging, excellent atmosphere, a clever puzzle or two, some tricks and some snappy dialogue. Sam does a lot of growing up and we end with hugs all around.
The basic lore behind the story isn't particularly novel, but our author has succeeded in using all of the parts and pieces to craft a very satisfying whole that is consistent in tone, populated by appealing characters, and nicely balanced between ripping action, atmosphere, and subtle hero messages. The book seems ideal for early middle graders since the story is easy enough to follow and nicely grounded in a mild scary-fantasy sort of world. This was an engaging and entertaining find.
(Please note that I found this book a while ago while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
The book was well written. It reminded me a little of the first Harry Potter book in writing style - a 10-year-old boy finds himself in an unexpected supernatural situation. But the plot is nothing like Harry Potter.
Although the book never specifically gives the setting, I believe it is Wales.
I recommend the book especially for 8 to 12-year-olds.
Sam thought Grandma a bit on the crazy side. She is certainly far too boring to have to spend an entire week with while the parents are out on holiday! Sam is not happy with this predicament he is in. Until - he finds out that Grandma may be a little spicier than he had originally thought. He follows Grandma into a 'secret world' where Dreables have taken over. Grandma has shown up to do her job and save the day, only - Grandma is put under a sleeping spell and there is no waking her up! This leaves Sam and his cat/dog sidekicks to figure out how to rid the town of the evil Dreables.
It was like a breath of fresh air to read a book based on winning by being responsible and being NICE. It took a bit of magic, brainpower and even a few KIND words to triumph against the very bad Dreables. What a concept! For me, the most important message of this book is that Grandparents can and should be appreciated. Grandparents may seem like a drag, but when you take the time to look a little closer...there's a lifetime of adventure to find!
I really appreciated the British "flavor" added to this book. An American reader, unaware of British use of the English language/British slang - I must say that reading this was truly something different and very fun! Most of it was easy enough to 'sort out' by context (bonkers, pants, shirty, telly, crockery, yomp, burble etc) but some things 'shook me something rotten, I can tell you', which left me feeling a little 'hard done by'. :o)
Great book for 7-11 year olds, and those of us who appreciate a little kiddish fun!
Overall, it's good, clean fun.
This book, a very enjoyable read, walks a fine line on the lesson of being polite. There are some real stinkers of kids' books out there that all they do is preach, preach, preach. This isn't that kind of book. While it looks like, in the beginning of the book, that it's going to be about the value of being nice and polite, it's not. If there's any real lesson here, it's that sometimes old people are more interesting than your parents, and have awesome things to teach...as long as you can get them to open up. Despite going off about the value of politeness, Gran isn't the nicest, most perfect, most trusting soul out there. She's a glutton for sweets, thinks Sam is nothing but a brat, doesn't want to get dragged into saving other people...and doesn't listen to the animals around her, after making a big stinking deal about how they just "know" the truth about people. Gran has to learn as much, if not more, than Sam does, and it's interesting (as an adult) to watch her have to grow and adapt.
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