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A pleasant children’s book. Could it be the beginning of a series? It is a stand alone book, but this could be a modern “Magic Tree House” spin off for the newer generation! I mean, it is longer in length than that series ...
Magical sunglasses allow the wearer to enter into paintings. Persons and landscape become real and interactive. Perhaps the painter, as well.
The first half few chapters were light as it introduced the reader to the main characters of the book.
The second half became more serious.
Reconciliations, relationships, and reality triumphing over running away are touched upon with delicacy without lecturing.
The major conflict of the bullying and the stolen cash box was left open-ended, without a permanent resolution, odd for books written for which the age group this is geared.
More of a 3.5 star book. Narrator was good (although I altered the speed to 1.25) and bumped it to 4 stars.
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While the story was an interesting adventure for kids, I was too distracted by the narration and had to listen to the book twice as my mind kept wandering from the story. The second time around, I concentrated hard on following the story and enjoyed it. Mind you, there isn't anything wrong with the narrator, and the recording was professional. I imagine she'd do quite well on an adult novel, but I found her to be too slow for a children's book. I couldn't imagine her engaging children with her, slow, calm voice. In my opinion, a children's narrator should be lively and encourage adventure. I just didn't find it in here. **I received this book free in exchange for an honest review**
This was a fun read (listen), with just the right balance of adventure, fantasy and moral. It is listed on Amazon as suitable for age 6 to 18, though I doubt most eighteen year-olds would choose it. (Audible lists it as 5-7 years)
Konrad is only 8 years old and keeps getting picked on by Philip and his gang from Grade 5. When he finds himself outside the headmaster's office for being late, a series of events leaves him in possession of a wonderful pair of magic sunglasses. He discovers that these allow him to stare into a painting and manipulate things from afar.
Konrad finds himself on an unexpected adventure as a result of the sunglasses, which also allow him to enter a painting.
The descriptions of life inside a painting were fabulous, complete with brushstrokes and an alternative reality.
Could these sunglasses allow Konrad to sort out the school bully once and for all?
I enjoyed the narrator, Amy Vance, though she could have put a little more excitement in her voice, given that her target audience is children.
As yet my grandchildren are too young, but I look forward to sharing this audiobook with them in a few years.