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It has all the good old traditional elements of a tale and more than enough fantasy: Goblins, Fairies, Trolls, Toads, you name it!
Amongst less traditional concepts, we have the ‘interactivity’ feature - it provides you with links to listen to songs. I do think it should have more songs and links in order for this concept to be fully explored.
There is also a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ type of choice - only one and I have yet to evaluate its impact.
Things are never easy for poor Tom, our very special hero, which of course, makes the whole narrative more interesting. His misadventures also explore deeper concepts in a very clever way and the book delivers quite a few philosophical messages and lessons on morality.
Storytelling at its best, I should only complain about the time it took me to get into the actual story - and I can imagine children will be as impatient!
The tone of the book was quite fitting and entertaining, with the right dose of humour and silliness. Expect a few interesting twists too.
Overall, a very enjoyable read.
A realistic journey (“things don’t always go as planned”) hidden behind a fantasy world.
Our main character Tom leads the way taking us on the ups and downs of his adventures while at the same time subtly reinforcing little life lessons, like the importance of perseverance and being true to yourself.
I am quite taken with the interactive features that incorporate technology to access a musical element that I feel really brings the story and characters to life. Kids are so much more tech savvy these days and I think it's a very cool feature that will 1. Encourage kids who are not big readers to be more engaged, 2. Enhance the experience of for those kids who do enjoy reading in an exciting new way that they may not have experienced before.
This lovely tale has it all, full of fantasy, a lot of adventure, a dash of romance, some tears, some triumph and a lot of laughter inbetween.
I would recommend this book for children aged 8-13, who enjoy fantasy books filled with curious characters and magical adventures. I would very interested in seeing how the interactive features impact on kids who don't necessarily enjoy reading as I think this may be a game changer.