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The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic Paperback – Illustrated, December 8, 2011
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About the Author
Brett Helquist (www.bretthelquist.com) lives in Brooklyn, New York.
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0142419346
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142419342
- Dimensions : 7.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
- Publisher : Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (December 8, 2011)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #76,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the first time I’ve felt like I should get on and leave a negative review. This book comes highly commended, and yet our family was underwhelmed, and couldn’t wait to be done with it. I hate to be rude! We really wanted to like it!
There were a few humorous parts, but otherwise the story line was boring, the characters lacked depth, and things seemed so preposterous it was hard to really put yourself in the story.
I would wait to grab it from the library.
All of my children, ages 3, 6, 8, and 10 were begging for more chapters (and the fascinating chapter titles kept pulling us forward!) and I myself couldn't wait to read more! (And loved to examine the excellent illustrations by Helquist whose great art I've enjoyed in Lemony Snicket books and Blue Balliet's Chasing Vermeer also) Read it as soon as you can get your hands on it, ideally aloud to whatever children around! Our family is hoping that Tafton is finding time to write a sequel!
Trafton's writing voice is vibrant. She brings the levity and wit of Lemony Snicket into a story less dolorous but equally rousing. Her craftsmanship is creative and exquisite, so that I found myself rereading sentences so perfectly constructed, I wanted to shout.
A Trafton reader will get the sense that a great deal of fun was had in the making of story. The chapter titles alone are worth the cost of the book, with gems such as: "CH 15: 'In Which It is Better to Be a Noble Worm than a Dead Frog (or Something Like That.)'" and "CH 9: 'In Which a Lyre Tells the Truth (Perhaps)'". While reading, I felt a bit like I was watching an Olympic athlete, fitted with years of hard practice, caught simply in the childlike bliss of a ten-point vault. Light. Strong. Perfect execution.
As I read, I found myself soaking not only in the primary plot, but also in the underlying layers of truth beneath it. This book functions on multiple levels, ministering to the spirit as well as the mind, and an astute reader will glean something from every one of them.
One last note. This is a book you'll want to buy in printed form (not an e-version). Everything about its physical appearance is beautiful. The size, heft, illustrations, pages, make it a tactile delight.
Five stars for the debut of a brilliant new children's author. Encore!