I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
I think I would rate it three stars for my enjoyment of it (because it definitely was a young level children’s chapter book), and 4 stars for the target age group’s theoretical enjoyment.
I didn’t get that this was a children’s chapter book when I signed up for a spot on the blog-tour. And honestly, maybe I should have. I expected it to be a younger middle grade sort of book.
That’s all right, though, because it’s short length allowed me to read it quickly, which was good because I had to have it done by this Saturday.
The book was written in present tense, which was a bit unusual. A lot of writing guides say that it is better to write in present tense, but nobody ever really does it. The present tense makes a story read more like someone is verbally spinning a tale as opposed to reading a book.
It didn’t really bother me, but it struck me as strange in some places, though I believe that this was just because I wasn’t used to the style.
If one was reading it aloud to a child, it may come across better than past tensed.
I thought that the characters were likable and believable. The plot would be exciting and magical to the designated age group, and there was plenty of learning to be had.
This is a book that celebrates cultural differences, both in the way that people look and the way that the live their day to day lives and celebrate holidays.
At times it could come across as a bit, not preachy, but I can’t think of a different word. Facts were just sort of written down, as opposed to sneakily woven into the story.
Personally, I found the facts interesting, but this is something that I noticed. Lucia, a Spanish girl that the two main characters meet later on, serves at points as a tour guide in Madrid. She explained facts about Madrid in a way that didn’t quite seem natural for a child.
But if one is to learn facts from this book, it’ll have to happen somehow! And I think that this wouldn’t really be noticed by a child. I think that the means of telling facts in this book would be good for the designated age group because they are made easy to understand, and it wouldn’t stand out as unusual in the plot.
So, I would recommend this for the designated age group, but not for the middle grade – adult age groups.
About the Author
Dina Tate is the President and Founder of GlobalGirlsSquad LLC a publishing and technology company. Her first book which combines her love of travel and japanese animation is titled “Lizzie and McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures”.