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First of all, spoiler alert. I'm going to tell you the whole story in this opening paragraph. Don't worry, it won't be long. A mysterious vortex opens and the eggs are laid. The eggs make their way to 'Tree City', gain weapons (which they haven't any hands to use), kill a snake and arrive at Tree City. Then they are sucked into another mysterious vortex. The End. Well, it's continued in the next book, of course.
To the positive, the author is wonderfully unfettered by the bounds of conventionality. Further, the illustrations are rich and colorful. I say illustrations, they appear to be photos cut out and arranged over each other to create the graphical components.
To the negative, my 10-year-old daughter looked at it and said, "whhhhhhaaaat?" and refused to have anything more to do with it. Given that the target age range is 8-18 this seems a pretty grim condemnation. If I had paid money for this I would be pretty annoyed. The story is nearly non-existent and what story there is makes little to no sense. Maybe this is supposed to be a farce of some sort but based on the description I don't think so. Even if it is, it still won't scrape this book off the bottom of the barrel.
To sum up, my kids were EXTREMELY unimpressed. I'm personally failing to see what anyone else sees in it. Perhaps the next two books (which I have up next on my pile) will be more satisfying. This book just left me very glad I hadn't paid anything for it.
And I loved reading this to her. Because I can sum up everything about PLANET OF THE EGGS in one word. Charming. If I have to throw in a few more, I think sweet, beguiling, and even educational just about sum it up. Why educational when this is about a bunch of sentient eggs? Well, my granddaughter learned two very important lessons in just a few minutes. "Don't trust a snake," and "Grandpa is more fun than you thought." My thanks to Peggy Bechko and Charlene Brash-Sorensen for making me a hero last night.
by Peggy Bechko (Goodreads Author), Charlene Brash-Sorensen
Published by Allied Alien Press
Hello, my dear friends and followers :).
Today I'll introduce you to a brand-new comic series called
Planet Of The Eggs. The first part is titled: Cracked Open. Currently are four parts of the story available.
The cover looks like a blend of Modern Art with its vibrant colours and exceptional collage technique. Pictures of birds and other objects are in the focus. Photo and text effects and atmospheric background images make up the rest of this intriguing and different comic.
The lively and vivid colours are especially designed for children 2-12, however also parents will have fun to read this amusing story for kids.
On the front page you can see the heroes: the prophesied eggs, their mentor: a wise owl named Eight Hooter and one enemy Bloodblink, the snake, in an old Greek temple. Behind them you can notice the earth and a crack inside the temple wall.
On the back page is a green and lively jungle which is specifically interesting for children who wish to discover the world and want to experience adventures.
It begins with thunder and a storm. The Magical Council gave Eight Hooter, the wise owl, the task to protect and train the arrival of the foretold six eggs.
On the sixth day of the sixth month in 600 years, six eggs will be born who will rescue the world. A vortex will appear and light and darkness will fight again until one will have the upper hand.
Here is a list of the born warrior eggs who have to rescue the world:
Sala is a white, red and black-coloured and Cyrus a black and red-coloured Muscovy.
Twilight is a blue-coloured Heron.
Smudge is a mix of a Robin and Lorikeet.
Skink is an unknown green egg.
Nightfist is a falcon.
"Light and darkness are perpetually at war and the time is turning so the six winged and scaled must arrive. They are the only and last hope."
The legendary eggs and their adventures can be compared with the legends of Greek and Roman heroes (the Odysee) or of King Arthur and his men. Even elements in Star Wars or other fantasy novels can be found for example the appearing weapons which manifest out of thin air. And sometimes the wise owl Eight Hooter talks in trance and a bit like Yoda.
The charms of the story is clearly the connection of the native birds with fantastical elements, the battle of good and evil which make young and old fun.
Children can identify with the eggs because they are also young and need to learn a lot in their age. Their world is full of imagination and magic. They are growing up, learn responsibilities and have to decide what is right or wrong like the six little birds. On the adventure, the eggs also pick up important lessons e.g. be kind to others, a group is stronger than a person alone and to accept help and advice by their elders when necessary.
All in all, the start of an intriguing comic which is suitable for young children to read with their parents or for older children to read alone between the age of 2-12.
Beside of some minor mistakes, the comic gave me lot of joy and I fully recommend it :).
4 full Stars!!!
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