by Angelica Banks, published 2016
“Inside the world of humans is the world of imagination, and the only way you can get there is through the door of your mind.”
When I opened this intriguing looking children’s book, I immediately discovered it was the second book in a series. At first, I was going to return it, but I didn’t, and was quite satisfied. I will read the first book next, and so it’s hard to say if this book is repetition or new exciting material.* But reading it as a stand-alone children’s book, it was certainly new and exciting to me. There’s a tremendous sense of innocence about the book, as we enter into the world of imagination, where stories are born and live. For any children who love, love, love books and stories, this setting is irresistible.
In many ways, this particular type of children’s book is very appealing to young literate readers. The language, the characters, and the fanciful adventures have the feeling of something for young (8 to 11) readers. However, it is a big book, so good reading skills are still needed. Also, because both the main character and the main imaginary character are girls, I’m not sure this children’s book will offer sufficient appeal to young boy readers. That’s a shame, actually, since it could have more easily been crafted to appeal to everyone. A worthwhile journey into pure imagination, I think this book is perfect for third to fifth grade.
* I did read the first book, called Finding Serendipity. In general, I think it would be much more satisfying to read the first book before this one, as the entire context is much clearer.