- File Size: 346 KB
- Print Length: 176 pages
- Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. (May 15, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 15, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079V72G8R
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Pete is not exactly excited about heading out on another adventure through time, but he doesn't have a choice. Someone important has gone missing, and it's his job to make it right. With Weasel and his alligator familiar in tow, he heads back to the 1100's and finds himself between castles, dukes, hunts, horses, druids and a plan which will alter the history between France and England if he doesn't figure out how to stop in.
I did not read the first two books in this series but had little trouble diving into this one. Still, I'd recommend reading the first two books first, since there are some things which remain unclear about Pete, his friends and his situation. Plus, this book was so much fun, I'm sure the other two are also a treat to read.
There's never a boring moment in these pages. Either Pete finds himself in some impossible situation, deals with ridiculous people or has to act brave and take care of things. He's not extremely self-assured in his position as a beginning wizard, but if he's going to get the job done, he has to give his best. Which he does even when he's in way above his head. Pete's never arrogant, kind hearted, and determined to do the best he can. In other words, he's a great hero to cheer for.
The rest of the characters add all of the right spice and spunk. Each one has their quirks—huge ones—but they also have their own priorities and desires. Some are easy to like, while others are fun to hate. It's a fun mixture which guarantees tons of smiles even when the situations grow difficult at times.
The historical side flows in without hesitation or stumbles, and melds right in with Pete's adventure. Not only are the dates, places and names informative (without coming across so), but the daily life and other details show the time period with natural grace.
It's a fun series with tension, action, adventure and loads of quirky moments which is sure to even pull in more reluctant readers.
Pete is an endearing character–he tries so hard and wants to be helpful, but somehow manages to keep messing up. His sidekick, Weasel, and the rest of the characters–Fanon, a telepathic alligator, and Millie, an author turned into a horse, add to the fun. Readers will enjoy the challenge of guessing who's the good guy and who's the bad guy. With plenty of twists and turns and valuable lessons about loyalty, friendship, and perseverance, this is an enjoyable read for middle grade readers who like magic and adventure.
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is the third book in the Adventures of Pete and Weasel series, and it was non-stop fun and action. The book stands alone, and McKenzie does a great job of getting readers new to the series up-to-speed but also telling just enough to make us want to read the prior books to find out the details. CLEVER.
In addition to a fairly intricate plot, there are a lot of underlying themes going on to which readers of any age will relate, including friendship, loyalty, family, self-confidence, belonging, and grief. There are lessons to be learned here, subtly delivered without beating kids over the head to be kind, do the right thing, step-up, give that hug.
Included in Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is a rich cast of characters who bring the story to life – both in modern and historical times. The majority of the book takes place in the 1100s, and McKenzie weaves-in lots of details to give readers a peek into the times and again, subtly, teach a lesson or two. From the eccentric Dr. Wraith (I envisioned a Doc Brown/Back to the Future kinda guy), to the sneaky Egbert, each character is uniquely defined and memorable.
As Pete, Weasel, and a covey of witches and wizards work against the clock to save the world, there is also an element of mystery and some downright SPOOKY business going on around the Druids and Samhain. McKenzie’s descriptions put readers right in the middle of the place and time and will likely encourage kids to dig a little deeper and research on their own.
The writing is well-done with dialogue, both internal and between characters, that is natural and useful in moving the story along. The word choices are perfect with a mix of both easy and challenging words, most of which can be figured out contextually. There are scattered typos, which is to be expected in an ARC but also which I expect will be cleaned-up for the final copy.
I fully intend to go back and get caught up on this series – I am interested in learning more especially about what happened with Pete’s parents and how he came to know he had wizarding powers. I highly recommend librarians and teachers get this series on their shelves. Some Very Messy Medieval Magic comes out May 15th, 2018, so it’s perfect timing for kids to fill that end of the school year lull or to put on that summer reading rotation.
Thank you to the author and Dancing Lemur Press for providing me a print ARC copy in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.