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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 19 Jul 2016, 03:13

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer" by John Powell.]
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Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer by John Powell is a humorous fantasy story for children in the 6-11 age range.

England is overrun by monsters but never fear, George can save the day! Sure his armour is rusty and he isn't anywhere near as wise as Merlin the Whirlin, but he alone holds the secret to taming the monsters. Sure it puts him in danger sometimes, but he is willing to do the job as long as he gets his 3 shillings and 6 pence a week (don't even think about messing with his armour-off week).

I enjoyed reading the stories in this book. They are just plain old fun without any lessons to learn or educational merit. While those types of books certainly have their place, I think it's great for kids to just sit back and enjoy reading. The characters have fun personalities, there is plenty of action, and lots of humor. Children will get a kick out of the silly things the characters say and do, like taking a bath in a full suit of armour and sleeping a whole week through. I'm sure parents who read this to their kids will also get a laugh out of it.

Each chapter introduces a new adventure for George, so it is easy for children to read one chapter at a time without losing track of where they left off. The book also contains a few illustrations. This will help younger children who are making the transition from picture books to chapter books.

Because the book is set in England, there are some jokes and references American children may not understand. For instance, one chapter is about a game of cricket. Having never seen a cricket game, there are a few things I didn't quite understand. In my opinion, this does not make the book any less enjoyable. In fact, it made me interested to find out more about British life. I plan to look up how cricket is played, so I can reread the chapter and see what I missed.

As far as parental guidance goes, this book does contain one use of mild language and there is a joke made about suicide which may not be suitable for young children.

Overall, this is a really cute book. If its purpose is to entertain and make children fall in love with reading, then it has succeeded. I can definitely see myself reading this book with my son when he is older. For that reason alone, it has earned 4 out of 4 stars. It is also well written and I did not notice any grammatical errors.

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Post by hsimone » 19 Jul 2016, 15:25

Wonderful review, Rachaelamb1! This sounds like such a cute and relaxing book for kids! I definitely agree about have a fun book to read to just escape, not necessarily learning a valuable lesson. (I like these too :shhh: )
Congratulations to the author for receiving such a positive review! :tiphat:
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Post by klbradley » 19 Jul 2016, 19:17

Nice review! Sometimes I like to enjoy a positive children's book, and actually I occasionally find myself more interested than my son while I'm reading to him :)
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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 19 Jul 2016, 21:09

hsimone wrote:Wonderful review, Rachaelamb1! This sounds like such a cute and relaxing book for kids! I definitely agree about have a fun book to read to just escape, not necessarily learning a valuable lesson. (I like these too :shhh: )
Congratulations to the author for receiving such a positive review! :tiphat:
Haha yes the what would the world be without purely fun books?!

-- 19 Jul 2016, 21:10 --
klbradley wrote:Nice review! Sometimes I like to enjoy a positive children's book, and actually I occasionally find myself more interested than my son while I'm reading to him :)
Thank you :) There are some books I read to my daughter like that !
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Post by gali » 20 Jul 2016, 22:50

Sounds real cute and a good book for kids despite the mild language. The suicide joke sounds inappropriate though.

Thank you for the great review! :)
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 23 Jul 2016, 22:42

Sounds like a cute book mainly for entertainment purposes :) I agree, though, about the joke on suicide being inappropriate for the target audience. Great job on the review. Congratulations to John Powell!

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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 25 Jul 2016, 20:30

Thank you for your comments! I agree the suicide joke is not a good one for this age....I can just see my children asking me to explain what it is. It's a discussion that will have to happen one day, but not in a careless way.
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Post by AuthoressofMystery » 30 Aug 2016, 03:04

Great review! Sounds like a fun book worth reading!
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Post by AA1495 » 12 Oct 2016, 09:32

Glad you enjoyed reading the book. Thanks for the review!

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Post by bookowlie » 12 Oct 2016, 09:34

Nice, thorough review! It sounds like a cute book with silly situations that kids would find funny. I agree that a suicide joke is weird and inappropriate in a children's book.
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Post by mindyg123 » 12 Oct 2016, 09:48

This seems like the perfect book for my 9 year old grandson. He will absolutely love it and he can read it to his little brother so they'll both get enjoyment out of it. I love the idea of illustrations for the younger grandkids when I read it to them they'll be able to look at the pictures. Wonderful review for what looks like a wonderful children's book. Congrats on being BOTD!
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Wonderful review. I think I'd like this book for my niece and nephew.
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 12 Oct 2016, 11:36

Wonderful review! This sounds like a book my eldest would enjoy having read to her! Your enthusiasm for the book really shined through! :) Congrats to the author on a positive review and on being BOTD!
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Post by chocomeiske » 12 Oct 2016, 11:57

Sounds hilarious. I cant wait to see what I think of it a d I do know something about cricket being from the West Indies so I hope I catch on.
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Post by AT+rmarathon[16] » 12 Oct 2016, 11:58

wonderful review...seems like a great read..

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