Review of The Magic Shard

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Review of The Magic Shard

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[Following is an official review of "The Magic Shard" by eelonqa K harris.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Magic Shard, by eelonqa K harris, is a children’s fantasy book. The book is marketed for younger children, about four to ten years old. The story follows two young friends, Freja and Tjalfe, and how their friendship is tested when a sorceress abducts Tjalfe and casts a spell over him, giving her full control of the boy. Freja sets out to save Tjalfe from the sorceresses and her curse.

This children’s book is a captivating fantasy story that will easily hold the attention of young readers. The language and vocabulary are appropriate for the intended audience, and the story’s pacing is quick, which makes for an engaging story for a young audience. Moreover, the themes of friendship and courage are easy to identify.

The story of Freja and Tjalfe is an adaptation of a tale from the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. However, harris does a great job adapting the material to a new setting and characters, and her unique illustrations give new life to this story. After reading The Magic Shard, I felt harris truly reinvigorated the old tale.

I have read a few of this author’s books, and the illustrations found in The Magic Shard were just as impressive as those found in harris’ previous works. The author employs a unique illustration method: the characters in the story are dolls created by harris using a 3D printer, action figures, and accessories. These characters are then juxtaposed against photographs that make up the full-page background images, for example, a river or landscape. I found the combination of the characters and the photographs to be even more eye-catching than in harris’ previous works. The colors are vivid, and each image is a complex, yet cohesive, piece of art.

I am always eager to read eelonqa K harris’ books, and The Magic Shard did not disappoint. I found I was just as intrigued by the illustrations in this book as I was by the captivating story. The themes of friendship and courage coupled with the age-appropriate prose make this children’s book a standout in the genre. I highly recommend The Magic Shard to children and parents of children who enjoy fantasy stories and vividly illustrated picture books. The book is best suited for younger children, around four-to-six years old, because the language and storytelling are basic. Due to the incredible illustrations and engaging story and themes, and because there was nothing to dislike about this book, I award it 4 out of 4 stars.

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Thanks for the review. It was very inviting.
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I love the fact that the book portrays what friendship entails. Nice review.
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Children can learn a lot from the book. I like flipping through colourful books. Thanks for the review.
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This is an interesting children's book. Thanks for the review
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Good friendship among young children is very important because in that process they learn alot from one another.
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The illustrations are unique. I love the combinations of realistic figure (from 3d printing or accessories) on a photograph. I rarely encounter such books in my country.
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Post by cutemami »

This seems like a fascinating children's book. At first sight i thought the book was for adults though but the review told me exactly what the book is about.
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Post by Aisha Yakub »

I think a book with the theme of friendship and courage would do young readers a lot of good. Great review.
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Thanks for a splendid review. I love this children's book. It seems to contain the right elements for children, and the storyline was perfectly constructed. Many children will definitely enjoy reading this. Kudos to the author for a job well done.
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Post by Emesco Emeka Emmanuel »

Thanks so much for this review is good one
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