I have to admit that my initial thoughts on reading this book were not enthusiastic, I didn’t feel the rhythm in some of the text and I thought the kids would find it predictable. I was so wrong!
I first tried it out on a class of Year 1 students and they were completely captured by the bright, dreamlike illustrations. Some said it was like being inside a really cool game. The kids gasped at the trolls, adored the unicorn and talked in depth about the way Amy was made a princess. A group demanded an immediate re-read. These responses were repeated in every one of the junior classes I read the book to.
Don’t be worried by Chrissy’s statement in the interview about writing a book for girls after her Max and his Big Imagination series, the boys I read this book to loved it just as much as the girls.
For the kids, it really is an exciting adventure that moves along quickly and visits all the fantasy favourites. I’m so pleased that this book reminded me that you just can’t take a grown-up’s word for magic.
Title: Amy’s Dreaming Adventures: The Enchanted Forest
Author(s): Chrissy Metge
Illustrator: Dmitry Chizhov
Publisher: Duckling Publishing
Date of Publication: February, 2018
Age range: Junior
Reviewer’s name: Esther Casey
Reviewer’s job title: Teacher Librarian
Reviewer’s school name: Sylvia Park School
How highly are you recommending this book? Recommended