Thursday, September 26, 2013

Author Tony Gilbert: Writer of Awesome Children's Books!!

I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing two of Tony Gilbert's wonderful children's books! I must say, I enjoyed them just as much as the kids!! ;)

First, we will start out with The Cloud Diary.

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I am so glad I had the chance to read this Amazing Children's Short Story! This Book was written so beautifully and imaginatively it brought tears to my eyes. It is about a little boy who had lost his Mother, and was getting ready to lose his Father as well. His teen-aged Sister and her boyfriend have to take over his care while his Father is sick. The great part about this is that the boy's Mother finds him in the form of a cloud during this time. The "cloud" is always comforting him and singing his favorite lullaby when he is sad or upset. The "cloud" also explains to him why his Father acts the way he does toward him. Which is because he looks like his Mother, who his Father misses terribly. To top it off, the Father is dying of a "broken heart"! At the end of this book, when the boy and his Father have their last talk, and it stops raining and the "cloud" shows up...well, lets just say it brought tears to my eyes!
This book would be a perfect read for a child who is dealing with loss, bless their hearts. But, it can be a great lesson for any child, really. You never know what could happen, unfortunately. I enjoyed reading this and do plan on reading it with my 3 older children as well (aged 6, 10, and 14). I highly recommend this to a child of any age, loss or no loss.
The best part about this, is an entire FIFTY PERCENT of the profits go to Winston's Wish-The Charity for Bereaved Children. That is a generous donation and such a great cause! Winston's Wish is a Registered Charity (England and Wales) 1061359, (Scotland) SC041140.
"Winston's Wish now in its 20th anniversary year helps children rebuild their lives after the death of a parent or sibling, enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope. We are the largest provider of childhood bereavement services in the UK and offer the widest range of practical support and guidance to children, families, professionals and anyone concerned about a bereaved child. We know from experience that the right support offered at the right time can have a life-changing impact on bereaved children and young people. For more information please visit Helpline number 08452 03 04 05"

Second, Hugo: A Quest for King Borin (The Hooded One, #1):

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This Children's book was such a treat!! This was not at all what I was a good way! This was an awesome, fun story to read with my Son. It is full of so much adventure, imagination, and and humor it kept us highly entertained. The suspense was great and kept us wondering what would happen next.
It is set in Medieval times, full of Kings, Queens, Knights, but also mixed with Trolls, Goblins, elves, and all types of creatures. What starts out as a misunderstanding turns into a full-on war between King Borin and Queen Ennet. King Borin sends his bravest Knight, Hugo, on a Quest to the Queens land. Meanwhile, the Hooded One is planning a war of his own to take over the world. Along Hugo's quest he befriends some creatures and encounters many adventures. They even end up befriending a goblin who is supposed to be part of the Hooded One's army, but ran away, not wanting any part of his plan. After many an adventure they make it to the Queens land and just as everything gets sorted, The Hooded One and his army attack. After much suspense, they end up defeating him in a really cool way!
There are some really funny quotes that had us giggling like crazy! Some of our favorites were: "'He was only caught because of the smell! He needed to swim through the moat and, as you know Sire, that's where we dump our poo.'" and "You know when you fart in a jar and quickly put your nose to it? Well, that's what it smelled like in there, except far worse."!
To be honest, I could have read this myself and enjoyed it! It was just as fun and entertaining for me to read as it was for my Son! We are definitely excited for the next installment in this series. Author Tony Gilbert is preparing to start writing adult novels, and I can't wait to see what he will come up with!!

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