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Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern (Volume 1) Paperback – September 26, 2016
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"Seth Adam Smith breathes new life into this classic tale with his creative blend of history and fiction. Rip Van Winkle and The Pumpkin Lantern delivers imaginative characters, roller coaster adventures, magic and mystery, a spine-tingling ghost story, and an inspiring message of self worth. This book has something for everyone." -Kelly Nelson, Author of The Keeper's Saga
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a book that can be enjoyed both by adults and children. In fact, here is the review from my 11 year old daughter:
This story is told by Rip Van Winkle who was found as a baby in a grave. Nearly dead, he was taken in by the Van Winkles who had no children of their own. Rip could speak to plants and when he was about 8 years old he made a pumpkin grow as tall as his father.
Seth Adam Smith uses very descriptive language in the book. I liked how the plot was really unique. I mean, who else could think up pumpkin lanterns? The book was really hard to put down. I went to my sister’s concert and I tried to read the entire time! Think of the longest stick you can think of—that is how much better this book is than any other.
The story is charming and endearing as it takes you on a ride through 18th century Boston, which is in danger of being destroyed by a selfish and wicked witch, Mistress Hibbins. As young Rip struggles to find his place in the world, he is given the surprising task of stopping the witch.
Rip's quest is a symbol of the very real, and very human struggle we all go through as we fight off self-doubt, criticism, and fear and turn to the light... or don't.
The story is rich with powerful metaphors that are widely relatable and teach simple, yet profound lessons about loneliness, depression, despair, anxiety, hope, belonging, self-worth, love, family, and so much more.
This book is for anyone looking for a fun, light-hearted novel with a purpose and theme comparable to C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Rip is a great character too. I loved the way he felt he was to blame for this awful tragedy happening, but yet still able to look beyond himself and see the needs of others around him. I love his unselfishness in this story, many times putting the needs of those less fortunate then himself above his own, that's not normal for a young man of his age. There is a spot near the end where Rip is shown just how he's affected others. I love that scene, there's something a bit silly about it, but as I think about it, it's really metaphoric for all of our lives. There are things in our lives that only we can do, people that only we can touch and help and we need to make sure that we're doing those things as best as we can.
I love that this is a middle grade book and that I can learn something this deep from it. This is an enjoyable book that was fun and easy for me to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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