I read this book to our 13YO daughter. Normally, she would be too old for Daddy to read her stories, but she asked me to read her one and I just happened to have this. I was very impressed with the seamless transitions between the imaginary world of play for the children and the real world with the house and the babysitter. Given that my only previous experience with this author is his books on logical fallacies, I can say I am most impressed. I would gladly recommend this book to anyone I know.
The author asserts the book can be read under two hours, and challenges the reader to bring any issues with character development, plot development, or an excess of typos to his attention. If any errors are found, he will send a refund to the reader with whatever cash he happens to have in his pocket at the time of the complaint. He won’t, however refund any money if the reader does not like his illustrations.
The author’s personality shines in the introduction, which he swore he would never write.
What fun. This book is guaranteed to put a smile on my face even if I do find an error or two.
This will be a fun ride! The timer starts right after the school day ends.
I'm going to sound like I'm pandering, but this book was FANTASIC. Loved every bit of it. I love the humor, even the side characters are great. I'd love more visits to this world. The world building is fantastic, especially for such a "short book", I can tell the writer really thought out every aspect of the creatures/ideas they put into the book, it really shows and enriches the story. Hate to compare, but it kind of reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, where it will take what seems like just a side comment, and turn it into a major plot point. And the artwork is as fun as the writting is. (Bonus kudos for Hydro Wilson! Loved him.)
We absolutely love the Bluedorn homeschooling books and, especially, the logic and fallacy books by the younger Bluedorns, Nathan and Hans (the author of Arvhet and Zowie). Their style is to bring very big concepts down to a level small ones can understand. So picking this up was a no-brainer. This time around it’s not really logic-based, it’s more of a fun read; but that’s something that we homeschoolers can very easily lose sight is - the necessity for children to have some fun mixed in their learning. And this book blends a fun world, born of a creative imagination, with reality in a way that’s sure to stimulate those young minds. Thanks, Hans!
I enjoyed this short book. It has that flair of personality that can sometimes be hard to find. It somehow manages to be both simple and complex at the same time, making it a great pick for young advanced readers. The interjections from the author/narrator are quirky and enjoyable. I do want to mention that it is written more in the style of a script than a novel, which can make it feel a little disjointed at times, but it also does really help the reader visualize the scene in detail!
What a fun read! Right off this book lends itself to fun voices. I do the "reading" and my kids do all the sound effects. Archer and Zoe sound like my kids on their best day. I have always wondered about the extent of their imaginations. No longer! A beautiful glimpse into the heart and mind of a children (for me) and a wonderful lessons on science, mathmatics, relationships, consequences. No preachyness to be found here. The descriptions are delightful.
What a silly book. My boys are going to love it. I'm on the second chapter and even the introduction was silly. I'm going to finish it and pass the kindle to whichever son can tell me what they think a Teleportee is. ;)