Published on November 10th, 2015
Published by Smashwords Edition
Genre: Middlegrade Chapter Book
Having 8 Daughters, with 4 elementary school aged girls at home, who indeed have issues with keeping their room clean, this book fits in rather well without family dynamic. Wherever we have lived, we have always seemed to find some old school bus that someone has parked in the weeds or forest, and abandoned, so I have told the girls for years that the “ghost bus” will come get them, if they are bad, and don’t do as they are told, or keep things clean, so reading the story with them hit home for them.
They are aged 7, 9, 10, & 12. They all paid attention, they loved the imagery that was offered in the story every now and then, and they indeed loved the changing fonts, as well as the bold that got their attention. It caused them to point and mention to each other that it was present, and at times, caused them to discuss the current spot of the story. I would imagine that the child reading this alone, would possibly experience some of the same lure into interaction, as this did in a group setting.
The chapters are really short, and it gives the reader, as well as those being read to, a very quick sense of accomplishment, and a very smiling/happy feeling of satisfaction. The characters and landscape/world are very well built, they move consistently from beginning to end, letting the younger reader follow along seamlessly.
Treasure and adventure, mystery and suspense. Ya go to classes, and learn to make beds the right way, while interacting with people who’s names share the common theme of Tannin Yerhyde…
The paperback is a little overpriced at $11.99, I myself would not go over $9.99 for it. The cover is of excellent quality. The pages are also nice quality, thick and sturdy. The type is dark and clear. the typeset changes periodically to play into the imagination, with titles of chapters being a font different than the body of the content. There are words that change font, and appear in bold, that catch the eye, that add to the flavor of the story. There are black and white little images that pop up here and there that add a wonderful visual to it. I am just not feeling a chapter book this early in, being priced 1 or 2 dollars what I am used to paying. But that is strictly me. Material wise, quality wise, it is, at least, a ten dollar value.
About the Author:
N. Jane Quackenbush is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University. She lives in a horrible house filled with mystery and fun in St. Augustine, Florida, a place she finds a lot of material by which she is inspired. Many places mentioned in her books are based on actual haunted buildings, star-filled planetariums and magical gardens deep within The Nation’s Oldest City.
N. Jane Quackenbush has also written the following Children’s Picture Books:
The Rocket Ship Bed Trip
The Pirate Ship Bed Trip
The Afternoon Moon
and many more books in the works!
Read below for an excerpt from the book: