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Olga Paperback – April 12, 2015
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I was sent the illustrations because I had the audiobook version, and let me tell you... they are glorious! I highly recommend this title.
I was provided with a review audiobook, via Audiobook Boom, in return for an honest review.
Olga - ted kelsey - book review - readingruffolos
The comparison ends in those areas though as Kelsey wrote the story with a voice distinctly his, devoid of the attempt to sound like Rowling or Gaiman or the Grimm Brothers. Kelsey wrote in short, simple sentences but carefully selected words, uncomplicated and yet exciting enough to keep you reading until the very last page. The story's pacing is unhurried evident by the chapter division, which is neither long nor short for readers falling between the ages of seven and 12.
The story gains momentum when our child protagonists, Jack and Sally, discovered something suspicious in the old, abandoned house. What they thought as one evening of discovering ghosts in the dark turned out to be an adventure on the clouds and meeting a character named Olga along with her father Ragash and a cook named Freakything.
In this novel, Kelsey marries two realms, reality and fantasy, and places two children, Jack and Sally, this story's protagonists, in the middle of the action that involved clouds, giants, moths, and a tiger. Kelsey did not paint a rosy picture of the human world as seen from the eyes of the children in this story. He wrote a realistic world, one that a reader can relate to when she reads about curfew, school, and being grounded. The underlying messages of humankind's indifference to nature and arrogance in dealing with issues are subtly painted in the conversations of several characters, who have witnessed everything that humankind have done over the centuries.
Kelsey sneaked in an airplane in the story and a character under the name Mr. Dodadudis whose appearance did not directly change the course of the story. The airplane is not irrelevant though and you'll know why in Chapter 24. Kelsey hinted another book with Mr. Dodadudis playing central character. Wise, nice insertion adding spice to the Kelsey writing and series of stories.
Kelsey teamed up with artist Dillon Samuelson in providing black and white illustrations to the story. This reminded me of Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddel's collaboration in three of Gaiman's novels, Coraline, Fortunately, the Milk..., and The Graveyard Book. These three books are sold in one collection on Amazon.
Samuelson's illustrations in Kelsey's novel is only a handful though. I wish there was more. Yes, this reviewer (a 29-year-old mother of three graduate student slash journalist slash social develoment worker) would love more pictures.
Olga is also a perfect weekend read for adults looking for reading materials that won't cause them cerebral hemorrhage. This one is fun and lighthearted and yet, it did not forget to emphasize the crucial role that humans play in this world. What that role is up for you to find out. Clue: it's pretty obvious.
Olga is a 5 Star/Top Pick for 2015 by the Underground Book Reviews and recently received Official Selection Honors in the Young Adult category of the 2015 New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.
Kelsey is slowly building his name as a celebrated author of children's literature who makes winter reading warm and fuzzy. His next book, Shasha and Wally Watson Vs The Faker, is coming out soon. If you like to open your mind - and well, your heart - to a new author who writes in a voice that delivers a social message in a non-preachy way and then coat that message in a chocolate and caramel mixture of excitement, fun, and magic, get to know Ted Kelsey and his works. You can thank the clouds for this fellow.
Promise, you won't be disappointed.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for honest review. I was not required to write positive reviews. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Ted Kelsey does an excellent job unraveling the symbolism of the novel with integrity, not losing the tone and flow of the novel, and without becoming didactic. The message of courage and inner strength resonates well as the young protagonists, Jack and Sally, discover their real selves in the midst of grotesque fear and evil. Recommend not just for adolescents but adults as well.
If you enjoy reading fantasy novels that are easy to read, fast-paced, and creatively articulate, this novel is for you.
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book via Story Cartel in exchange for providing an unbiased review.
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