Friday, August 26, 2011

#121: The Elfin Child - Philip G. Bell


This is a children's fantasy story that follows a boy recovering from illness in the city and sent to the country to stay with his Aunt during the school holidays. Whilst playing in a nearby wood, he meets an Elfin boy of the same age. Although initially wary, he eventually allows himself to be drawn into a parallel world , full of strange creatures. He also discovers that prophecies foretold that he would save this world from a dire fate. The book was originally written for children from around the age of 9 years and up, but has proved popular with teens and adults.

Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781460951675
Click the link on the photo to purchase.

©2011


Author Bio:
Philip G. Bell was born in West Ealing, a suburb of London, England.
In 1984, Philip took up writing poetry and short stories, mainly at the time to read to his children. In the early 1990's his poetry had become widely read and Philip was being invited to give readings in numerous places including local radio stations such as the BBC and in America he was once interviewed on WGMD, a popular radio station in Delaware.
His current children's novel came about as a challenge by a number of his poetry
followers to write a children's novel. Philip worked with a talented artist from Brazil, Marcos Porto, to create an appropriate cover design that captured the essence of The Elfin Child.


My Opinion:
In one word, cute.
The story is pretty far fetched, but that's what is fun about it.
There were some minor issues I had, like the capital font when the elves spoke. I think the message could have got across without the change in font throughout the book. It was unnecessary in my opinion.
I liked when the author first described the elf to readers. I actually did a turn over to look at the cover, and really felt it was captured nicely. That was good since the cover didn't really sell me until then.
All-in-all, middle graders will love this one. They won't be worried about the font.


3/5


Recommend? Yes, to middle graders.


~I received a copy from the author. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

2 comments:

  1. This sounds like a very interesting fantasy. It's the kind of book I would have loved as a child, maybe as an adult too. Thanks for the review Freda.

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  2. I'm always on the lookout for great middle readers for Bebe Boy James! This one sounds like a great read-together book! Thanks for the review!

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