3 out of 4 stars
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Wizard of Wigwash: The Adventures of Johnny the Penguin – Book One by Kendall Stone (Alastair Kendall and Ginny Stone) is a children’s fantasy fictional book. Ten-year-old Paul Balo has stinky breath and is bullied on the school bus, at school, and on school trips. After being bullied at the zoo, a big emperor penguin, named Johnny, starts talking to him and becomes his friend. They also befriend an unwanted dog and name him Polo.
Johnny takes Paul and Polo to Wigwash to see the wizard. Paul decides to go to Wigwash for one week instead of the school’s summer camp. They go through a time portal and go back 50 years in time. There, Paul meets Laura and quickly likes talking and being with her. After several days of waiting to see the wizard, they all go together and meet him. He is not exactly what they expected, but he is a good wizard and built Wigwash from the beginning. Paul and Laura’s curiosity get the better of them, and they are put in a difficult and dangerous situation. Things look bleak for Paul to ever return home safely and to his family. Who will rescue Paul and Laura?
There is an adventure, magic, fantasy, humor, tension, and a lot of imagination in this story. Both boys and girls would like this book the best. Even young and older adults would enjoy reading about the adventures in Wigwash. The issues of being bullied, having a disorder or handicap, and being fearful are addressed in this story.
My favorite part of the book was at the wizard’s birthday party. It was very magical! Things happened when they ate different types of food. One example was when Paul and Laura ate German Bratwurst; they both spoke German and understood each other!
I also liked Laura’s big long (made-up) words to express something. Some of them were “flumperhumper,” “awangtangtooma,” and “shoozers.” However, I least liked that some borderline profanity was used quite a few times. It did not seem to fit into a children’s story. I did not think it reflected the characters well. Some parents may not be comfortable with their children reading or hearing “damn” and “hell.” The other issue that some parents may not like was that Paul did not tell his parents he was going to go to Wigwash. They thought Paul went to the school’s summer camp. Besides these two issues that may not sit well with parents, the book was a delightful read.
I rate Wizard of Wigwash by Kendall Stone 3 out of 4 stars. I deducted one star because of the more than ten errors found. The book needs another round of editing, otherwise, I would rate it a 4 out of 4 stars. The book was imaginative, entertaining, and fun to read. Reading Wizard of Wigwash was “awangtangtooma”! I am looking forward to reading book two in the series.
Wizard of Wigwash
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