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Great Cape O' Colours

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When you notice a book by one of your favourite authors you can't help but read his writings instantly. I have been reading Karl's stories not only for the sake of reviewing them but also as a mother. My children love to listen to his stories. The fact that they respond positively while hearing them is yet another bonus.

This book revolves around the concept of colours and careers. What I loved about this book is the way Karl has presented varied colours to young readers by using careers and cultures as metaphors. You must read it to appreciate what I mean.

The writing is really simple. The book is bilingual as in it presents a Spanish translation as well. Though English works for me and my kids, however, Karl's writings are a good way to teach a foreign language. The illustrations are bright, colourful, apt and definitely appeal to the eyes. Each page represents a colour and a career. It would be wonderful to see an animated version of the same for a visual effect. The p…

Mannethorn's Key

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I have been on a reading spree since past two months though I haven't been able to post reviews as frequently as I wanted to. Notwithstanding this, I begin with one of my favourites on my reading list Mannethorn's Key.

This book is the first story in a triology called The Key of Life. It is an epic fantasy, hence the story is set in a world of fantasy with magic, mystical creatures and enchanted lands. The plot revolves around a man transported to a world called Between, a wizard and their travails together. For further details you need to read the entire story, and trust me, you wont regret it one bit if fantasy is your genre.

The language is almost lyrical, as in it has the power to transport the reader into an altogether different world. The narration is a bit slow in the beginning but it picks up pace as the story progresses. Kudos to Simon for use of a descriptive narrative that is neither overbearing nor jerky. The writing justifies the plot at every paragraph, every sc…