- File Size: 17987 KB
- Print Length: 189 pages
- Publisher: Voyages Imaginaires; 2 edition (March 5, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 5, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B89MR7B
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,022,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Gift of the Quoxxel Kindle Edition
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King Norr would like to leave the idyllic world he lives in, determined to experience life at the fullest. He has adventures and encounters mysterious figures throughout his journey.
There are silly names and exclamations aplenty in this book, along with more sophisticated words, which would place it at about the middle grades of children's books. There are doodles and designs between chapters that are cute and give a little bit of a visual to the silly things in the book. Palace servants are trained animals, after all, and Doctor Hinkus is the most learned man on the island, inventing things like telescopes and hammocks. The island of Nibb is rather isolationist, as prior royal generations felt there was nothing worthwhile outside the island, and that everything they need is on it. It's certainly a lighthearted place, and mysteries are looked upon favorably as fun experiences to liven up the everyday life on the island.
The pirates inject a bit of our world into the silliness of the novel and give the opportunity for more puns and alliteration. Pearl tells a lot of stories interspersed throughout the book, and when Bink isn't able to say that he likes them, Pearl assures him that he will. The stories seem to add the adventures in the summary because it doesn't feel as though King Norr actually experiences many adventures. The search for adventure is definitely a feeling that many readers would appreciate.
I think the book veered too far into the silly for me, and I couldn't really connect to a lot of it. It really isn't my kind of humor, but I'm sure it'll fit someone.
I’ve been sitting on this review for a while because I wasn’t sure how to write it. This book is promoted as being written for adults but when I read through it, I had a very childish experience with it. Childish, not in a bad way, but in a way where I felt like this was supposed to be for a younger audience. Once I reached the end of the book and read the disclaimer, I thought it explained this book perfectly.
Disclaimer: this story was written for an adult audience to translate and read to children who in turn would interpret it back to adults. Read it. You’ll see what we mean.
And I did and I do. This story is very whimsical and fun. While there isn’t much of a solid back story nor character development I really enjoyed this read. We followed a couple of different characters but King Nibb and Captain Gadd being the main points of view. The King was… entertaining to say the least. He has this very young, innocent personality which makes sense since his island is the only one he has ever known. It brought a refreshing outlook on certain aspects, it just made life simple. There was nothing crude or outlandish about this book and I enjoyed that. While this is meant for an adult audience, I truly believe this book would be best shared with younger ones. I can imagine sitting with my nephews reading this to them and laughing together while we tried to interpret it back and forth with each other.
Overall, The Gift of Quoxxel by Richard Titus was truly a unique read. I have never really read something like it before. While this was meant for an adult audience, I think I would have enjoyed it more with someone to share it with. This is definitely a book that can quickly become a family favorite. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for something you and your family can enjoy together.