A little disjointed at times
I should’ve written this review straight away, but I haven’t had time since I read the book (I travelled quite far overseas). So, you’ll forgive me if I ramble (well I always do) while I write this review. Why did I find it disjointed? I was reading through parts of the book and found myself confused as to what happened. I know this is meant for younger children, but as an adult, I shouldn’t have to go back and read several pages again just to get the story straight (admittedly I was interrupted a lot while I read this). Also, I feel like parts were skipped and things just happened that I didn’t notice. But overall, I found the language and structure reasonable for a middle-grade book.
There are two main characters that we follow throughout the story, Christopher and Sophie, two children who find themselves in a strange land. Many other characters join them on their quest, such as Duke, a talking dog, who isn’t much help. There’s the professor, Temporus Certus, who tries to help them, and his brother Temporus Improbus, who tries to hinder them.
Christopher is kind of the main character we follow throughout the story. He’s a young boy, who just wants to have an adventure while he’s stuck at home. He’s a brave boy and is willing to listen and learn along the way. I thought he’d be a good role model to children who read this adventure.
The second character we follow is Sophie, who is a little mischievous and helps Christopher find his adventure. She’s a smart girl, and I felt she wasn’t used as much as she could’ve been in the story. I felt Christopher was the one who did all the work and Sophie was just used to explain why things are happening.
Lastly, we have the brothers, Temporus Certus, the Professor, and Temporus Improbus, the Regent. Now, the Regent is the “evil” brother in this story and tries his best to trick or swindle Christopher and Sophie. The Professor is the first person Christopher and Sophie meet, and he explains the new world they’ve found themselves in, and how to escape the world. Although, he seems like a little bit of a klutz!
The first topic I’d like to discuss is that nothing is ever as it seems. Spoilers ahead. For this theme, I’d like to use the prophecy where Christopher and Sophie both think they may be the lost prince/princess. Now, it turns out that they both aren’t this lost royal. Again, this happens when the Professor, Temporus Certus, helps them by giving them a nightcap that will incapacitate a troll. It turns out that the Professor was wrong about the troll and that the troll is not as “bad” as the Professor thinks.
Another theme I’d like to discuss is time. Spoilers ahead. It’s used quite a lot in this book (the whole story is almost about time). One thing I’d like to think about is the fact that in this book, time can be controlled. This is probably the one thing in our lives we can’t control. And it shows the power you could achieve if you could manage time.
I thought that overall, this book was a fun read. But, as mentioned in the first paragraph, if you’re distracted, you may blink and miss vital details and find yourself lost when you try to continue! I’m pretty sure the book would be beautiful as a printed version, but as an ebook, the images are lost in translation. I did like that there are quite a bit of learning in the book that children can try on their own.
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Note about this review
I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review. I always try my best to balance the reviews and not favour any one person (though I may be a bit subjective when it comes to the genre).
Children's book, Adventure, Time Travel
August 2, 2016
This book is about the adventures of the boy named Christopher, the girl named Sophia and retriever Duke. By chance they found themselves in a balloon, that took them into a fairyland, where mysterious events happen.
Children wanted to find the way home. The heroes had to solve a lot of mysteries.They learned interesting ways of time measuring and found a time machine.