Book Review: Oki and Harlo

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my review:
Rating: ★★★☆☆

~Review copy given to me by author in exchange for an honest review~

OKI AND HARLO follows the adventure of little goat Oki who meets a fallen star called Haro as they go on an adventure to follow Oki’smother.

I feel like I’m waay out the age range for this book, but it was fun to experience such a different type of e-book. This is something I think my younger cousins would be interested in. What makes this book so great was the ability for readers to provide their own illustration for the story. I thought that in itself was a cool touch to the story. The idea of being an interactive book that encourages the readers to illustrate the tale as we follow Oki and Harlo on their adventure is quite a game changer and I’ll be quite interested in seeing more like this in the future.

Here’s a couple of drawings I did for this. (I didn’t upload all of them because I’m a terrible artist- the closest thing I have to art practise was the three Art GCSE lessons I had taken almost three years ago…)

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Kindle Edition, 66 pages
Published June 6th 2016 by Cas Mesterom
ASIN: B01GQNNLFK
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Book Review: Behind the Canvas by Alexander Vance

28550408you can find the book at:
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Amazon
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Author website

my review:
Rating: ★★★★☆

~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

Claudia loves art but never truly understand what’s really under the surface until Pim appears in the painting she sees. She learns that Pim has been trapped in the world behind the canvas for centuries by a witch, and Claudia is now his only way to break the spells that keeps him bound in the world of art. Using ancient magic, Claudia enters the world but finds that nothing is truly as it seems on paper.

Behind the Canvas was an exciting read, a really cute story that was filled with adventure. I really liked the anecdotes that appear at the end of each chapter after an artist was mentioned, it was a cool addition to the story though I felt some notes do drag on a bit and take up a bit of space but you do learn some interesting things if you don’t know much about art, like me. They did at first appear too academic to grab my attention but they’re actually really witty and do give better contextual knowledge. What I loved the most was the concept and how it wasn’t set in  a random fantasy place but actually links with the real world and they way it works shows clear and deep thought in its creation. (Let’s just hope no one tries to  place their hand with yellow gloop on the actual Mona Lisa…)

However, I felt like the relationship between Claudia and Pim was severely missed out. It skims part where they get to know each other and I felt it should’ve developed that section a bit more to see how their friendship grew but, nonetheless, the way they really cared for each other did come through. I just felt like it was missing something in the beginning.

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Publication: February 23rd 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
ASIN: B012N46PXQ

 

Book Review: Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

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Author website

my review:

Rating: ★★★★☆

~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve.

The first time had nothing to do with me. The second time definitely did, but I would never even have been there if it hadn’t been for his ‘time machine’…

On his twelfth birthday, Al Chaudhury recieved a letter from his deceased father which lead to the discovery of his dad’s old time machine and he finds himself going back to the 1980s in order to stop the chain of events that eventually leads to his dad’s death. Armed with only a series of letters and his pet hamster, Al discovers the dangers of time-travel in this new thrilling tale.

For a book that’s labelled Middle Grade, I was so impressed! I usually don’t read MG/Children’s fiction anymore but this story was so cute. From the very beginning its filled with suspense as Al takes us on this very wierd time traveling adventure. The characters were compelling and the scenes where Al meets his dad were so adorable.

Time Travelling is an easy read with funny moments that I know will be a great hit for its young audience.