4 out of 4 stars
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Will is the name of a kid who wants to spend all his time just getting lost in reading his favorite comic series book in spite of the resistance from his teachers and his parents. Moreover, he feels that all the other daily chores, including doing his homework, as the worst part of his day. Will of The Hill by Marshall Cobb is one such children’s book that has the story-line that goes on this theme. Though this is a children’s book, it is medium-sized with 1190 locations as viewed on Amazon Kindle, and it is divided into eleven chapters that cover the different stages of the story.
The story is narrated from the third person’s perspective and revolves around Will, a fifth-grade student, who goes to a school that is situated on the top of a steep hill. Will has only one close friend Dillon whose interests match with that of his. Antagonists are present in almost all stories, and the role is played in this story by Intrude, but her actual name is Gertrude. She is always busy poking her nose into the other’s business and becomes a source of anxiety to all. However, there are several turns and twists to the story-line. How Will is going to deal with Intrude, and what will be the climax of the story can only be known by reading the book yourself. One appealing part of the story is the fact that the school bus is powered by rocket engines to overcome the steepness of the hill.
The thing I liked the most in this book is the knowledge about the safety aspects of seat belts and how to maintain one’s hygiene. The book encourages children to keep their hobbies in moderate limits and also concentrate on the other important activities like sports and studies equally. The book discourages name-calling by showing how it hurts the other people.
I do not recommend this book to the people who dislike children’s books and also to those who don’t have children or do not want to get themselves bothered in that aspect of life. This book may not be appealing to the people who may get easily irritated by only imagining about the kids, the ones who do not take care of their hygiene like avoiding brushing teeth daily. I found a few minor grammatical errors in this book, and that is only the thing I disliked in this book.
I recommend this book to children and teenagers because the story is aptly written as per the children’s and the teenager’s likes and dislikes by considering their mindset. This book could also be appealing to adults who have children and love storytelling to them. The readers who want to entertain themselves with an emotionally less intense story would also like this book.
I picked this book for two reasons. The first reason was my nostalgia about my childhood memories, and the second reason was to tell some nice stories to kids. After reading the book, I found that both of my requirements were satisfied. The captivating story with a well-thought character crafting made me think of giving all the four stars in the beginning. After completing the reading, I looked at the other aspects like reading pace and clarity of writing, and then I finally decided to give this book 4 out of 4 stars.
Will of The Hill
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