- File Size: 3942 KB
- Print Length: 157 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wordbuilder (May 2, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 2, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F3J048K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Konrad and the Birthday Painting (Artworld Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Such a great "first" for us...we so enjoyed this book, some great life lessons (for all ages), but also encouraging young people to use their imagination...a lost art...loved it! Kudos to this team for providing such enjoyment...
SERIOUSLY MAJOR SPOILERS. Konrad is a second grader who has been sent to wait in the principal's office. While he's there he finds an odd pair of sunglasses in the lost and found. He puts them on and looks at a painting of the school that takes up a wall in the waiting room. It turns out that while wearing the glasses an observer can see, in fine detail, eerything that's happening in the school. So far, so good. From there we have a pretty mild story about Konrad seeing the theft of a cashbox and how his friend is going to be framed for the theft. Proving his friend's innocence by using the glasses is the main fantasy/adventure/school mystery story.
But halfway through the book changes gears. Konrad and his estranged friend Caspar go to a museum to see if the glasses work on other paintings. While they are there the glasses are pickpocketed by a strange man. Konrad and Caspar follow and confront the pickpocket, and learn the secret of the glasses and the secret of "Artworld", a world of paintings that one can actually enter. Here's where book two starts. We learn a bit about painting and art. Of more importance, Konrad is seduced by the beauty of the "false" landscapes of Artworld, and refuses to return home. What follows is a give and take about escape versus reality, friendship, the ties of family, and so on. What is real and what is transient? What is one's responsibility to the real world? None of this is terribly heavy handed, (it's more like "should we stay in "Neverland" or return to Mom and Dad in London?), but it sure was a departure from the first, simple fun and games plot about seeing into a live-action painting.
So, this ended up being a lot more interesting and a lot less routine than I expected. It is written is a direct and unadorned style that is effective and not at all arch or overheated. The pacing is brisk and everything wraps up very neatly, which keeps the book suited to the intended younger audience. All in all, a pleasant surprise.
(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Konrad is only 8 years old and keeps getting picked on by Philip and his gang from Grade 5. When he finds himself outside the headmaster's office for being late, a series of events leaves him in possession of a wonderful pair of magic sunglasses. He discovers that these allow him to stare into a painting and manipulate things from afar.
Konrad finds himself on an unexpected adventure as a result of the sunglasses, which also allow him to enter a painting.
The descriptions of life inside a painting were fabulous, complete with brushstrokes and an alternative reality.
Could these sunglasses allow Konrad to sort out the school bully once and for all?
I enjoyed the narrator, Amy Vance, though she could have put a little more excitement in her voice, given that her target audience is children.
As yet my grandchildren are too young, but I look forward to sharing this audiobook with them in a few years.
It is very well written and confidently assumes the viewpoint of the eight year old Konrad. His confusion and fears about various events are reflected well through the author’s skilful writing with believable conversations and dialogue throughout the book. When Konrad has to make a crucial decision through his simple and innocent comprehension of the world about him we can perfectly understand his naïve logic. Well done, Sandra R. Andersson! My only criticism would be that a few illustrations could greatly help the younger readers enjoyment and understanding of the book.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and objective review.
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