Here's a great gift idea and a wonderful audiobook for school holiday listening. It received 4.5-star reviews on Amazon.com.
One beastly beast that's more than meets the eye.... Two aliens with slimy tentacles and too many eyes fixed on adopting a human son.... Three inventors and a sea serpent, a princess, an orphanage, and two ships full of pirates....
Here are four fantastic tales by renowned fantasy author Garth Nix. Nix takes on a younger audience with this collection of magical adventures. His trademark fertile imagination and spellbinding storytelling is sure to capture a whole new generation of fans.
One Beastly Beast, narrated by veteran good sport and jolly Australian voice artist Stig Wemyss, features four wonderfully eccentric children’s stories by author Garth Nix - a prolific Australian fantasy writer.
These four silly and fantastical tales include wonderfully described mythical encounters with rat pirates, bizarre eyesore aliens, giant sea serpents, and a princess matching up against a beast.
This would perhaps be an ideal bedtime listen for brave and imaginative little ones who aren’t afraid of monsters under their bed.
"These four gently tongue-in-cheek adventures pit clever youngsters against unusual creatures - pirate rats who steal DVDs, aliens, a mechanical dragon, and a misunderstood sea serpent. Each time, clueless adult authorities ignore or are stymied by the supposed menace, but the hero is able to resolve the situation successfully and nonviolently. There is a strong emphasis on creativity and individual initiative, and a gentle reminder that brains are better than brawn.... The positive message and amusing stories make this a good choice for younger fantasy fans." (School Library Journal)
"Thoroughly ridiculous and hugely enjoyable." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Fantasy without concern
Why do adults shy away from "Kids" books? This was a quick listen and I did it almost all the way through in one sitting. It was enjoyable, funny and certainly did not have a care from the adult world. The settings are similar to today's world with DVDs. This book was funny and had me laughing out loud. Why do we stop allowing our brains to think the unreal and all the curious, silly possibilities? Is it because adults aren't supposed to be silly? Is it because we only think in terms of limiting our imaginations?
Garth Nix is a wonderful author and gives an afternoon a great break from adult, worldly thoughts.
Stig Wemyss is a fantastic narrator. I giggled a lot with his accent and character impersonations.
THANK YOU TO BOTH! I loved my afternoon!
- Tina "I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel."