Tuesday, January 17, 2012
James Saves the Moon by Wendy Nystrom
"Here within lies a tale of a young boy named James, which takes place in a far away island nation of Iceland."
Travel along with James up the mountain, soaring through the air with his friends he meets along the way to reach the moon.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads.)
James Saves the Moon is an adorable children's story. It gives kids hope and teaches them an important lesson: never give up on you dreams, no matter how foolish they may seem. The author adds a lot of Iceland customs and fairy tales, such as the legend of the Huldufolk. She then goes on to explain what each thing is in detail, which kind of annoyed me. If I wanted to know more about dried fish, I could look it up online. From a child's perspective though, I guess it might be easier to explain it instead of Googling it. The illustrations in the book are very well drawn. They almost make the reader feel like they are in the story, seeing it for themselves. I think my favorite character was Syvok. He was witty and a joy to listen to. He made me chuckle more than once. This is a great book for beginning readers. I can't wait to see where James' adventures will take him next.
I give James Saves the Moon: 3/5.
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and was in no way compensated for this review.