My son Alex is a reader. He has already read so much that finding new material that is suitable for him can be a challenge. Because of this, I have looked high and low, and even into some books that might be a little above his age level.
That is where Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, by Jaimie Engle, comes in. It is a children’s book that is full of fun, adventure and history. It is marketed for ages 8-12, and when I was offered one to review, I wondered if it might be a little over his head.
The book arrived, and it was much thicker than I imagined it would be! To be honest, I was a bit worried that it would be intimidating for Alex, as he usually goes for smaller chapter books with more pictures. When I showed him the book, though, he was very excited!
Because he was the one reading this book, I asked him several questions about what he thought. Below is my “interview” with him (Please forgive the short answers...he is an 8 year old boy, after all!):
Q: What did you think of the book?
A: I liked it.
Q: Did you miss having more pictures?
A: No. It had pictures at the beginning of the chapters, and it was enough.
Q: What did you like about it?
A: I liked the dragon, Princes, dwarves and the Simurgh. I think Clifton was brave and funny.
Q: Is there anything you didn’t like?
A: I think the ending was sad. And they talked about other God’s too much. Clifton had a girlfriend (this was said with a wrinkled nose!)
Q: Who do you think would enjoy this book?
A: Boys, definitely. It’s not for girls. Girls like stuff with kissing.
All in all, he really liked this book. I know he did, because when I told him he was going to have to let me have it for a while so I could write this review, he was not a happy camper. He wanted to read it again! He is hoping for another Clifton Chase book in the near future.
|Photo from Jaimiengle.com|
If you are struggling to get your child interested in reading, this may be the book to do it! It really has something for everyone, and the 302 pages are broken up really well into 55 chapters. It makes it easy to read a bit and then take a break, although if yours is anything like mine, your child isn't going to want to put it down! You can also get them involved with Clifton Chase on www.jaimiengle.com where they can find the first six chapters, kids fun sheets and even a book trailer!
Now that you have heard about how great this book is, don’t you want one for yourself? Well, this is your lucky day! Ms. Engle (the writer of this book) is offering not one, not two, but THREE books to three lucky winners! One winner will receive a paperback edition, and two winners will get an e-book! The winner must be in the continental U.S. and must be 18 or older to enter. One entry per household, please!a Rafflecopter giveaway
*I received a book in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own (and Alex's) and yours may differ.