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SPECTACULAR JOURNEY

Author: Donaki

Illustrator: Akiko Rosenberry, Susan Rosenberry

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Publisher: Ithaca Press,

Material: paperback

Summary: Three life-long friends — Boogie (a pink rabbit), Kide (a brown bear), and Nahdoh(a white bear) — live in a beautiful mountain forest. One of their favorite things to do is listen to Nahdoh describe the many journeys he had taken off the mountain. When Boogie and Kide ask to go with Nahdoh on a journey, together they must handle the challenges, dangers, and surprises of their adventures. This is a fantasy adventure for pre-teens.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, illustrated chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 5.2

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This is a very delightful book. It is full of the excitement of an adventure story, yet also reveals the growth and realizations of the main characters as they make discoveries about life. The book would mainly be targeted towards kids ages 7-10. The prose is very suitable for their reading level, and the story would also appeal to them. The plot includes some fictitious characters and lots of rich descriptions. I think the life lessons that the animals learn on their journey could definitely apply to our personal lives as well. The characters are strongly made, each with their own distinct personality yet all demonstrating good morals and having a strong, lasting bond between them. Also included are decorative illustrations that add to the descriptions. Overall, I think this book is very well-rounded and is a heartwarming read.

Adult Reader Reaction: From its well crafted story and engaging characters, to its superb illustrations, this is a literary work not simply a children’s book. If the author’s intent was to engage his readers and/or listeners, tickle their funny bone, pique their curiosity, and quench their thirst for adventure, his mission has been successfully accomplished.

Pros: This is a well written and illustrated piece of children's literature.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Spectacular Journey is an impressive piece of children’s literature, not just a children’s book.

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Educational Themes: The story is a fable, and as such, gives the reader a variety of ways and levels to become engaged with the book. It starts with the simple story of three friends going on an adventure. The challenges they face arouse fears and uncertainties they have never before experienced. The story will generate lots of questions and observations that the reader will want to share, that’s where teachers or parents can facilitate meaningful discussion.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 3.5

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, animal characters, friendship, middle grade, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2007, February 2008

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