Official Review: Of the Woods by Dennis Sanchez

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Official Review: Of the Woods by Dennis Sanchez

Post by chytach18- » 13 Jan 2016, 14:24

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Of the Woods" by Dennis Sanchez.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Of the Woods is a very funny retelling of a few characters from a few well-known children’s books. This is a story of a remarkable “family tree” that was cut down by Tin Woodman [the name of the character] and split apart into five individual logs. When these five logs had fallen from the sky in front of Miguel, a “master sculptor of wood and artful painter”, he soon learns that they are not ordinary logs but a girl, two boys and their parents. He carves them accordingly. All five wooden puppets can speak just like normal people; the children can also move about freely. Their parents are carved as Greek gods candlesticks and are attached to the solid base.

Needless to say that Sophie, Spruce and Redbud – the children - behave as real children, and as real children, they soon put themselves into an adventure. The adventure begins when Mama and Papa – the candlesticks - are kidnapped by a dodgy pair of characters, the Foxy Lady and her friend Chester. Miguel and the children are determined to find Mama and Papa, albeit for different reasons. However, in the case of kidnapping, professional expertise is required. So enter the detectives from a “private eye” detective agency, with one of the detectives being completely blind.

I must admit that I had some difficulties to read this book because on almost every page I had to stop and laugh until I had a hiccup. You can imagine that for the sake of my health I had to terminate my reading and recover. Dennis Sanchez presented each of his hilarious characters as unique and distinguished personalities with their own exclusive traits and passions. Take Redbud, a puppet made of wood, who was obsessed with fire. I particularly liked how the author used some quite recognisable storylines and played with them in a very humorous and quite exceptional way. Although the book was very witty and quite easy to read, it explored several serious subjects and themes, such as family bond, loyalty and friendship, crime and its consequences.

My only criticism concerns page 46. The beginning of the chapter was written in the first-voice of Toto, the dog, while the rest of the book was written in the third-person voice. The narrative in that passage was presented as a dream about some unidentified beautiful lady. I got confused what was the relevance of that dream to the rest of the story. I have no criticism about the rest of the book.

I will happily give Of the Woods 4 out of 4 stars and recommend the book for children aged 10+ and for adults of any age.

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Post by gali » 14 Jan 2016, 02:38

Sounds like a cute book for kids. Thank you for the great review! :)
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Post by chytach18- » 14 Jan 2016, 10:20

Thank you, gali.
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Post by rssllue » 14 Jan 2016, 10:32

Sounds like another good one by Mr. Sanchez! The one that I just reviewed for him was quite the excellent book as well! Great job on the review!
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Post by chytach18- » 14 Jan 2016, 10:48

Thank you, rssllue. Dennis Sanchez is a very talented writer. I'll keep an eye on his writing.
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Post by rssllue » 14 Jan 2016, 10:57

You are most welcome! :tiphat: I will be doing the same! :D
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Post by bookowlie » 16 Jan 2016, 11:47

I really enjoyed reading your review! The book sounds very entertaining and creative. I loved your comment about having to stop reading because you laughed so much that you got the hiccups. :)
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Post by CatGitane » 16 Jan 2016, 13:06

I enjoyed your review. :) It looks like a fun book to discover! And I agree with Bookowlie, your comment about your laughing so much was worth it and amusing.
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Post by chytach18- » 17 Jan 2016, 05:13

bookowlie wrote:I really enjoyed reading your review! The book sounds very entertaining and creative. I loved your comment about having to stop reading because you laughed so much that you got the hiccups. :)
Thank you very much, bookowlie. I am the one who easy laughs. :lol:

-- 17 Jan 2016, 05:14 --
CatGitane wrote:I enjoyed your review. :) It looks like a fun book to discover! And I agree with Bookowlie, your comment about your laughing so much was worth it and amusing.
Thank you very much, CatGitane. :lol:
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Post by CatGitane » 17 Jan 2016, 18:09

You are very welcome, Chytach18- :).
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Post by Thimble » 17 Jan 2016, 18:30

Great review! This book sounds like a great read. I might have to check it out some time. I've always enjoyed a different take on classic stories. :)
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Post by chytach18- » 18 Jan 2016, 09:36

Thank you, Thimble.
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Post by katiesquilts » 18 Jan 2016, 10:32

Sounds like a very cute book! I always wonder with how many children's books there are, how can authors create new, original works? Sounds like this one hit it right on the mark!

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Post by chytach18- » 18 Jan 2016, 11:04

It certainly did hit on the mark, katiesquilts.
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Post by dipdrops2003 » 18 Jan 2016, 13:25

This sounds like a very cute read! The themes/subjects are important for children to read about and I'm glad the author could incorporate such values into a fun book!
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