- File Size: 19023 KB
- Print Length: 99 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: CatchphraseDan (May 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DYQHOAK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,365,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Monkfish Maggie and the Bungalow Stairs Kindle Edition
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I don't like books for kids. I never read any of the Harry Potter books because I thought they were for kids (I'm not missing anything, right?). Sometimes, I'm not sure I even like kids because of that whining thing they do, but when I think of kids reading this book together with their moms or dads, I like kids a lot because I can imagine that awesome kid laughter that is so filled with pure joy, and I can see the wide-eyed wonder of girls and boys as they look at the beautiful illustrations in this book as their parents point out all the connections between the story and the illustrations. This is a magical book.
This book is a modern day fairy tale. It has all the elements of fairy tales: good people caught in strange circumstances that have to defeat evil or jealousy or bad people or monsters to escape the danger they find themselves in. And, of course, there are talking animals. I love animals, and I would really love to talk to them. I bet they are very wise. This book is also very funny, and I think the humor will make both adults and children laugh "with delight", as the author put it. I'm going to guess the author is a very funny person.
This is the story of Monkfish Maggie and her husband, Nesbitt. They are an older couple in their 70s and their lives are full of love and laughter and weird things that they take for granted because it is a fairy tale. One day, something very strange happens in the middle of their bungalow home and it is up to Monkfish Maggie to climb stairs--a lot of stairs--a huge amount of stairs--to resolve the situation.
That's when the talking bird comes along. At first, we think he is a bad guy, but then we hear his story and realize he is just like Maggie and Nesbitt--caught in a bad situation through no fault of his own.
The fairy tale goes on to its resolution and we are reminded that goodness and love can always defeat evil, and, happily, the bird gets his happy ending, too.
I can't say enough good things about this book. I'll give away the whole thing if I go on anymore, so I'll just say I HIGHLY recommend this book for any parents, and I actually envy the time you'll spend reading this with your kids. I know they will love it, and I'm pretty sure parents will love it, too. It is a wonderful story.
As for the illustrations, I'm not an art critic (or anywhere close to being one), but they are beautiful and flow along with the story perfectly. I think they are abstracts, but, again, there's the whole not knowing anything about art thing. All I know is they are pleasant to look at and beautifully rendered. I'm not sure this "Berg Norcross" actually exists. I think the author did these illustrations, but I guess we'll never know for sure. Either way, he is a very talented person.
I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
Clara (6): "Can you read it again?"
I read this aloud to all three of my girls: ages 9, 6 and 4. The lack of princesses and other glittery creatures meant the four year old was only listening so she could put off bedtime. My nine year old was convinced it was too scary, but in the words of my six year old, "It's not scary, it's exciting!" It was also funny (at least I thought it was funny) and I'm pretty sure my nine year old would have thought it was funny but she was too busy avoiding us in case it was scary and then demanding a run down of everything that happened because she really wanted to know even though she couldn't quite admit that she really wanted to know. (Insert eye rolling mother and indignant child noises here.)
Would Ivy (9) recommend it?
"I would recommend it because I think it's like an imaginary story and people who like fiction and magic would like it." (Ha! I knew she liked it!)
Would Clara (6) recommend it?
"Yes, I already tried to tell my friend about it... because it's really funny!"
Would Jane (4) recommend it?
"No. Cause I think it's too boring." (Sorry guys, you needed more sparkle to get this little girl's attention!)
Would I recommend it?
I would! All my girls listened to the story, even if some were more spell bound than others, and I loved the humor. Lines like, "Before you ask, a dictionary is a large dusty book that people kept around before the internet was invented" made me giggle louder than my kids.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I discovered this book because I’m a proud member of Rosie’s Book Review Team!
The illustrations are beautiful and flow very well with the story; my favourite has to be ‘The End’ piece with the weathervane.
Maggie is not a child protagonist, as is normally the case in children’s fiction. Maggie is, in fact, a seventy-year-old pensioner with a passion for gardening. Her husband, Nesbitt, is her soul mate, and it’s his unexpected disappearance that starts Maggie’s journey to rescue him.
I liked her fiery spirit and determination; she sets a fine example for any child reading this book that perseverance is a good thing.
There is a light humour running through the book that will amuse children and appeal to any adult audience who might be reading along with their child. Catchphrase Dan has a certain way with words that will charm his target audience. My favourite has to be ‘hornswoggled’ and I intend to use it in a sentence every day from now on.
From an adult’s point of view, I chuckled my way through this book and stopped to appreciate the illustrations. A beautifully quirky tale that will appeal to young and old alike.
I received a copy of this book from Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.