- File Size: 363 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Publication Date: February 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0076ZKAWA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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#3,814,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #19242 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths
- #19604 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Fantasy & Magic > Sword & Sorcery
- #34123 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Action & Adventure
Tobias and the Demon Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Tobias' father, Tobit, has suffered severe punishment at the hands of the Assyrian rulers. Once well to do and influential, he is now sick, disgraced and poor.
Tobias has had run-ins with the Assyrian authorities - mostly because of a young woman. To protect him, but also for financial reasons, Tobit sends his son on a trip to retrieve money froom a family frined in a faraway city. He hires a stranger named Azarias to accompany his son. On the road, Tobias and Azarias have quite a few adventures. Azarias shows himself to be a man of great skill and knowledge. More than once, it's his advice and care that saves Tobias.
The unusual thing about this story is that it's told by Tag - Tobias' dog, in first person. We see the world through Tag's limited perspective and understanding. It took a little getting used to and I had to remind myself a few times, that the narrator is a dog. It does give the story a unique naivete that we wouldn't see if Tobias narrated. However, it is limiting and some action couldn't be shown because Tag didn't see it.
Although this is an interesting look at ancient times, I found the dog's perspective slightly disconcerting. This is a good story, but a little slow for my tastes.
Four Golden Acorns
The story is told by Tag, the dog and is full of the smells and sensations of ancient Mesopotamia. Except for the stranger, who has no smell at all.
I read this to my grandchildren, aged 8 and 10 and they were SO excited by the story. There was one particular phrase that made them laugh out loud every time it came up – ‘dogs must never bite people’.
I must say I really enjoyed the story myself, even though I am considerably more than ten years old. It is beautifully-written in flawless English, the characters are well-drawn and the plot is exciting. It reminded me a little of ‘The Thief of Baghdad’ which also has a dog, albeit a bewitched one, as a main character.
This is one of those stories which, like the Harry Potter series, will appeal to adults as well as children. I recommend it most highly.
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