4 out of 4 stars
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Olga written by Ted Kelsey and illustrated by Dillon Samuelson is a children’s book in the fiction genre. It follows the adventures of Sally and Jack in the cloud kingdom.
Sally and Jack are ordinary twelve year old kids who live in the town of Chilton built in the side of Mount Chalktop. Sally thought this was the most boring place in the world. However, one day something extraordinary happens to them as they investigate the mysterious creature which is flapping around in the fields. However, this creature pulls them straight to the cloud kingdom which is home to the giants. Olga, the giantess, has been waiting for her human toy for a long time. Will Sally and Jack unravel the mysteries in the cloud kingdom in time to stop the giants from attacking humans? Will they escape from the cloud kingdom or will they become Olga’s latest prisoners?
The author’s writing style is apt for young readers, with just the right amount of suspense to hold their interest. There are black and white illustrations in the book which are sketched very well and would enhance the reading experience of the child. The sketches are quite imaginative and funny in their own way. I was a little disappointed that there weren't more of these illustrations.
The fantasy realm in this book exists in the fluffy clouds, however, the author has taken into account that clouds are not solid enough and if one is not careful then one may just sink through and fall splat! The story has its moments of hilarity like when Mr. Dodadudis sees a disembodied leg coming out of a spongy cloud. The author has not overly packed the fantasy world in this book with plenty of mythical creatures; instead he has kept it simple but interesting.
What really impressed me about this story was the fact that it was Sally who took the lead and was the brave one. Not discounting Jack’s courage, but it’s very rare that the female protagonist leads the male protagonist. Olga’s character is very fascinating too, since the reader would see her cruelty but sympathize with her at the same time. The story is not a straightforward story of good defeating evil; it is interwoven with comedy and deeper emotions of loneliness and freedom.
I would recommend this book to readers in the age group of five to twelve years. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars, since it’s an entertaining and lighthearted adventure fit for the age group mentioned.
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