Official Review: Down the Monster Hole by Carmela Tal Baron

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Re: Official Review: Down the Monster Hole by Carmela Tal Baron

Post by zagabi » 15 May 2019, 16:51

most parent with lazy kid will love to have a copy at home. I love the author choice of hand drawing, playful, colorful monster giving it the true picture of kid magical fantasy tale.

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Post by Azrevread » 15 May 2019, 16:59

I read the sample pages, and the book Down the Monster Hole sounds
like an excellent story. The colorful pictures are memorable and enhance the drama of the fable. A children's book that can hold the attention of readers for over 150 pages sounds remarkable. Excellent review. Congratulations on Book of the Day.

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Post by Kelyn » 15 May 2019, 17:05

Hmmm...I know exactly how Tom feels. It is maddening to be jolted awake from a wonderful dream and then forget what it was about!! The characters he meets on his journey sound charming. I'll have to pick this one up! Great review!
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Post by EvaDar » 15 May 2019, 17:10

gali wrote:
15 May 2019, 05:27
A children’s fantasy tale following a child's journey through the secret kingdom of monsters sounds magical. Fun illustrations, magical imagery, and positive messages make for a good read. A pity about the punctuation mistakes and inconsistent poetry. Hopefully, those errors were fixed by now. I am not the target audience, but I am glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you for the review!
Thanks, gali. It really was a sweet book.
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Post by EvaDar » 15 May 2019, 17:12

Ruba Abu Ali wrote:
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I love children's fantasy adventures, particularly if backed up with creative illustrations. Thanks for the excellent review, Eva!
Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. This book is a good one!
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Post by bunbury » 15 May 2019, 17:14

This seems like it is not only a good book for Middle Ages, but also advanced elementary readers! Also, the varied illustrations seem like they will be good to hold reticent readers’ attention.

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Post by Momiji1987 » 15 May 2019, 17:26

This sounds like a creative book for kids. I look forward to reading the sample.

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Post by Quinto » 15 May 2019, 17:33

After the discovery of the old machines, I am glad Tom discovers something he can be positively good at. Additionally, I am glad it promotes the discovery of hidden gifts in children. Thanks for a wonderful review.

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Post by Ekta Kumari » 15 May 2019, 17:37

I love it when a children's book combines meaningful messages with a fun-to-read story. I also enjoyed the imagery used by the author in the sample I read. However, I found some inconsistencies in terms of formatting. I think these should be rectified to improve the flow of reading. Nevertheless, it is not very much distracting. Kudos to the author for the amazing storyline. Thank you for your insightful review.
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Post by Tiny_Turtle » 15 May 2019, 17:38

I am curious to find out if Tom's adventures are actually a part of his dreamworld, with him simply believing that he is awake. (Don't tell me. I want to be surprised. 😁)

Thank you for your thorough and enjoyable review. I'm adding this to my bookshelves. 💕

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Post by hsimone » 15 May 2019, 17:42

I read this one! Tom's adventures in the secret kingdom of monsters was definitely interesting. Fingers crossed that Tom survives the Temple of Puzzles and Puzzlement (even though I know ;) )! I'm glad that you were engaged with the author's imagery, positive messages, and narrative. Also, it's nice to know that you enjoyed different types of illustrations (hand-drawn and graphic/geometric ones). Too bad about the poetic sections and the writing itself wasn't well-edited. Good to know that these didn't distract from your enjoyment of the book, though! Thank you for sharing!
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Post by BunnySTx » 15 May 2019, 17:55

This sounds like an imaginative and interesting story. I enjoy books of most genres and this one fits that perfectly. Also, I have a young daughter and I think that she would enjoy reading about Tom's story. I can't wait to read more about the adventures that Tom embarks on in this story.
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Post by Seamstress » 15 May 2019, 18:00

I am way too old for books aiming for children. And my kids are all grown up for it as well. So, unfortunately at the moment don't have any use for this book.

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Post by jessinikkip » 15 May 2019, 18:03

This sounds like an excellent children's book and one that even older kids, teens and even adults could enjoy. I hate to hear it had some small grammar errors, but also glad to see they are minor ones. I'll have to check this book out more!

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Post by redheadmargo » 15 May 2019, 18:04

This book sounds like a great read for older children. The positive notes and illustrations will make younger children interested as well. It's nice that the author uses such positive imagery as well.

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