Official Review: Down the Monster Hole by Carmela Tal Baron

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Re: Official Review: Down the Monster Hole by Carmela Tal Baron

Post by DorcasToo » 15 May 2019, 15:03

Sounds like a book my niece sill enjoy as she really loves adventure. Congrats on BOTD. Thanks for your great review.
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Post by Helena91 » 15 May 2019, 15:06

'Young Tom loves to sleep', I definitely can relate. When I was younger sleeping was my major weakness. I will be adding this to my bookshelves.

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Post by Balazon2000 » 15 May 2019, 15:08

This looks to be a great little book for all children. The story line will appeal to young readers but the vocabulary is still a lttle too much for the younger group. A good read a long for that younger group. Congrats on the #BOTD

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Post by graceful-1 » 15 May 2019, 15:15

Something we have in common, "Tom loves to sleep." Me too! When my children were growing up I loved to read them stories, so when you mentioned in the review, "This is a children’s fantasy adventure that parents and kids will both enjoy." I thought, what a great book to read to my granddaughter when she gets a little older.

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Post by Elsereen » 15 May 2019, 15:45

Am not into children books, kudos to the author for putting together a nice work. thanks for the amazing review.

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Post by Nadine Forsberg » 15 May 2019, 15:46

This book sounds a lot like Alice in wonderland with all the unusual thing happening...

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Post by Sumbule1 » 15 May 2019, 15:58

This sounds like a wonderful book for kids. I love how it is filled with engaging illustrations and spreads imagination and positivity. Congrats on the book of the day!

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Post by Nana-Cakes » 15 May 2019, 16:00

As someone who very much enjoys the dreamscape, I could relate to little Tom. If I was him I probably would have smashed the clocks as well. When a child has an imagination it can be hard to find a balance for them. While I only read the sample, I think this book would be amazing for anyone at any age. We are always trying to figure it out and there is always a child left in us somewhere.
Great job by the author.

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Post by Readerjorge » 15 May 2019, 16:08

This book tells us about the young Tom, who loves to sleep and because of the problems that this causes him at home and at school he feels misunderstood and decides to go on an adventure of surprising fantasy and full of emotions.

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Post by SavannaEGoth » 15 May 2019, 16:09

It's been so long since I've endulged my inner child. These used to be the kinds of books I really liked reading when I was younger--fantastic lands born from the imaginations of children. I really like that the author had the characters creating monsters and beings from things found in their environment, thus creating a rich and complex world for themselves to escape to and explore. The added layer of depth from the lore they crafted for their own world of play makes it that much better. It's also pretty rare that you would find a book like this to include illustrations, and by the author no less. The amount of care and heart put into what I've seen of this book coupled with your glowing review make me want to begin reading it soon.

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Post by Clorinda Donovan » 15 May 2019, 16:23

As child I couldn't read so for me the illustrations were everything. A fun children's story with pictures sounds like fun for all kids. Nice review too 👍
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Post by Dominic kimwele » 15 May 2019, 16:26

some years back I was like Tom, I hate morning clocks though I slightly changed. It's an interesting story for kids

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Post by VernaVi » 15 May 2019, 16:27

I read the sample for this book on Amazon. The first thing that jumped out at me in the Author's note was a grammar mistake. 'Peak' his curiosity should have been 'pique' his curiosity,so it seems it may still need a little polishing. That said, I think the illustration examples were fantastic, and the story premise was good. Your review describes an enjoyable adventure for children, thanks! :tiphat:

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Post by Katherine Smith » 15 May 2019, 16:28

I like this book because the author's hidden message is to teach children to use their imagination in their daily lives. I like that this book had two different kinds of writing styles which is something that you don't ordinarily come across in children's books. I think that another round of editing to make the story more uniform would help with the issues that you described.
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Post by timd » 15 May 2019, 16:46

Sounds like an entertaining book for older children. Perhaps the poetry doesn't rhyme but I dont think the children will mind. I like the concept of an old scrapyard as a fantasy setting. Thank you for the insightful review.

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