The Three Royal Children and the Batty Aunt

Narrated by: Lisa Hicks
Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Princess Celeste is bored to tears, and her brothers, Prince Jude and Prince Torrin, aren't doing much better.

In a palace where all they have to look forward to are endless games of croquet and barley-water soup for supper, they don't have much by way of excitement. Until the one night Torrin sees a light in a forgotten tower of the palace, and they meet a wonderful and mysterious aunt who unlocks a brand-new world of adventure they will never forget.

©2018 Angela Castillo (P)2018 Angela Castillo

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Fun children’s story!

I received this in audiobook format from the author. I was not excited at all about listening to it. My only grandson is 22, so it has been a long time since children’s books have been a part of my life. With all of that being said, I was immediately pulled into the story! What a wonderful narrator and a wonderful story. I loved the characters, adventure and “magic”. I think that it would become a fast favorite of children and their parents. Even though this book was a gift from the author, a review was not solicited.

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great story; sub-par narration

This was a fun adventure for a trio of royal children stuck in a boring life... or so they think. I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it for children - I think I would have loved it when I was into Half Magic and similar books. The audiobook narration was sub-par; the narrator spoke far too slowly and Enunciated. Everything. Far. Too. Much. It was a bit painful to listen to at first. She also used very odd voices for some of the children, and southern accents for some of the Eep adults, which felt jarring in a fantasy story. *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Children's Adventure!

Fun story of mythical Lands and Royal Children. Adventure and Mystery! And what is up in that Fourth Tower!?! Read well... The kids will enjoy!

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This audio book helped me to understand more.

This is very nice book.i really love this book.Always happy with this book.love it very

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Fun story

First off, I recently put down a different middle grade book because the character pretty much acted like a 30-year-old who happened to be short, so it was refreshing to read a book where kids behaved believably like kids. I think that was the strongest aspect, the dialogue and interaction between the kids. Overall, this is a sweet adventure. Not what I would call particularly harrowing, which probably puts it on the younger end of middle grade. I'd say it would be ideal as a family read aloud (or listen to if, like me, you snag the audiobook) or for kids first through third grade, though there are enough fun aspects that older children might sneak in during story time but pretend not to listen. The narration was good, clear and engaging. My one nitpick was that the children all had scratchy voices. It wasn't a terrible choice, but there were places it made especially older boy sound like a little old man and could've been toned down a bit. The only other minor quibble I had was a tonal dissonance between some of the themes and the rest of the story. Overall things are played very cute-fairy tale with not a lot of real world consequences, but then the major conflict becomes about stopping a war which is at the same time treated with some of the cartoonish, "not so serious" handling (the way those who speak of it talk about it, it's more like a spat between playground rivals than something I'd associate with real war) but at the same time you get hints of very serious consequences that make it clear this is a real war where a whole nations might get wiped out--over essentially name calling. Not that war isn't a serious message that shouldn't be handled seriously, but the darkness of implied consequences meshed awkwardly with the playful handling of other aspects in one or two spots. Over all a fun and playful book with a great take on siblings and realistic young characters.

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Storytime with Grandma

This is a sweet story about three Royal children who discover their batty aunt living in the Castle tower. It's not as disturbing as it sounds. She's not crazy, she just has a talking bat. This book is totally safe for children I promise. The children go on an adventure with their aunt and, we'll it's a short book, I best not spoil it. It reminded me of classics from when I was younger, such as The Five Children and It. It's whimsical and thought provoking. Bit not magical, Aunt Maggy is very clear that she doesn't have magic. I knew going in that this was a children's book. I just didn't realize how much the audiobook would be produced for children. Which makes sense, and it worked perfectly for this story. Rather than a grand production, Lisa Hicks simply reads the story. She does use her voice to distinguish characters but never so much that you can't tell it's her. The effect is very much like having your grandmother, or your batty aunt, sit down with you in a large overstuffed armchair and read to you.

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Captivated my kids!

We just finished listening to this book. I didn't know my 3 boys (4, 6, 8) could even sit this still and quiet! they have loved every second of it as we have listened at bedtime for 6 days, each time begging for just a little bit more until I finally had to say time to sleep. They are already joking about barley water soup and imagining what could happen on the next adventure. From a parent's perspective I enjoyed listening to the book too. I usually struggle with audio books that I have read the physical book before but I had no troubles with this story. It was narrated well. I also appreciated that it had many good lessons intertwined with the story so well that I don't think my kids even noticed they were learning how to behave and be kind to others as they listened to this adventure. 5 stars from us!

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Oh What A Wonderful Adventure!

A charming and wonderful adventure that both children and adults will treasure. I was a little uncertain of the choice of narrator at the beginning but shortly realized she was the perfect choice indeed. I am looking forward to the future adventures of the three total children and their batty aunt. This could turn into a wonderful series, and I hope it does!

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Fun Elementary Age Read

I had help reviewing this book... my 13, 11, and 9 year old kids read this one with me. They all thought is was a cute and fun short story. We agreed that the narrator did a great job with this book. It is geared toward the younger readers but I do believe that my 13 year old enjoyed it more then he would like to admit. It a great clean read for elementary age kids. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Fun little story

Tree Royal Children and Batty Aunt, is a fun little children story. I liked it and think young children will like it as well. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Charming fantasy story for the under tens

This is a charming children's story for the under tens, it revolves around an introductory adventure of The Three Royal Children in the title when they meet their Batty Aunt for the first time and set off in her flying machine to a distant kingdom with her companion Lester the talking Bat. There in a Lilliputian land of tiny folk they learn the important lesson of working together. It sounds like the children and Aunt Maggie may well be venturing forth on future adventures together. It is expertly told by Lisa Hicks who adopts a warm motherly tone like Angela Lansbury's Mrs Potts from Beauty and the Beast. The perfect gentle voice for this tale. It is a short, straight reading with no embellishment of music etc. A good length for young children.