Friday, April 9, 2010

Tales From Terrestria (TOS Crew Review)

As members of the 2009-2010 The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew, the kids and I received two books from the Tales From Terrestria series of books by Ed Dunlop.  He also writes the Terrestria Chronicles books, which some Crew Members received to review.  We received books 1 and 4, and we read book 1 thus far.

Book One, entitled The Quest for Thunder Mountain, was quite a good read.  There is a lot of imagery, a lot of adventure, and just the right amount of danger to make this book engaging for the whole family.  I especially liked talking with my children after each chapter about the symbolism in the book... much of which I would liken to our Christian faith, which is a bonus after the kids have been reading the Harry Potter series with Daddy!

All in all, the kids weren't enthralled with the books, but I have struggled to get them to love anything after Harry Potter, so the fact that they paid attention and we had dialogue after each segment of The Quest for Thunder Mountain is worth two thumbs up from me!  I really like the faith-building aspects of the book, and I found the descriptive writing quite appealing.  At 200 pages and $7.99, it is well worth the read, in my opinion.  There are 2 other books available in the series, and you can order them for $7.99 each or all three for $19.99.  These books do not need to be read in order, according to the publisher.

I should note that we have read aloud to the big kids for a couple of years now, both the Harry Potter series of books (1-6 so far) and the Inkheart book.  We are accustomed to big words, snappy dialogue, British slang, and twisting plots. :-)

To see what my fellow Crew Mates had to say about these and the other series of books, click here.

*Disclaimer: The above mentioned books were provided to me for free with the understanding that I would read and review them.  An honest review was all that was required, and no compensation was provided.

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