The name of the book is simple enough but it is the cover that draws the attention. It is a tale of fantasy, magic and the supernatural. All of this is set against the backdrop of Mother Nature. The underlying theme too is about caring and saving our planet.
Things are not as they seem and this book takes us on a roller coaster ride of adventure with a large mix of fantasy and magic. This is not a book for the faint hearted! Over a period of two days the children Sam and Jake enter into a mythical place, a forest like the Garden of Eden and are swept away into the challenges and a fight to survive and save the world and their friend Charlie – the parrot. Magnar is the evil enemy they must defeat but he does not think of them as children but as adversaries who need to be killed at all costs so he can win and rule the earth!!!
This book is racy and fast paced and keeps one guessing for more. I learnt so much about many animals and so would your child. It also teaches them about the concern for wildlife and animals. It is a good book to teach children about the importance and our role in taking care of what we have on this planet. All aspects of our existence on this planet must have effects and sooner our kids learn about it, better it is!
I liked the simple, easy language of the writer Geoffrey Saign & his in-depth knowledge about the animal kingdom all come together to create a wonderful book. My only problem was that sometimes the attacks on the children felt non-stop, it might be scary for some children. The various monsters made quite an impact as did the many majestic animals.
It is a book full of action and reminds us of the delicate balance of nature! I enjoyed reading this one and will be on the lookout for Whip Eye Chronicles Book 2 Gorgon!
About the Book
Title: WhipEye (WhipEye Chronicles Book #1)
| Author: Geoffrey Saign | Year published: June 20, 2014 |Publisher: KiraKu Press | Number of pages: 301 | Recommended age: 9+
Can a girl grieving her mother, a boy missing his father, and a thousand-year-old wise-cracking parrot save two worlds?
Samantha and her neighbor, Jake, have no idea that Samantha’s best friend, a parrot named Charlie, is a thousand years old. Charlie is also at the center of a secret battle between magical creatures and an ancient, evil man. When Charlie asks Samantha and Jake to protect him, they are chased by monsters from both sides.
To save Charlie, and two worlds, Samantha and Jake have twenty-four hours to figure out how to use the supernatural staff, WhipEye, and find the courage to confront what they fear most.
About the Author:
Geoffrey Saign can often be found looking for interesting critters, and magic, while swimming, snorkeling, sailing, or hiking in the woods. His passion for nature and wildlife led to his nationally endorsed book, Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment, as well as his books African Cats and Great Apes. He has a background in biology, assisted in field research with hummingbirds and humpback whales, and sailed as far away as Australia. With more than twenty years of experience working in special education, he has taught adults and children everything from sailing to novel writing. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
(I got a copy of the book from Mother Daughter Book Reviews and the review is my own opinion)