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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**