Title: Molly Withers and the Golden Tree
Author: Kent Allan Rees
Summary: Molly an Charlie live very ordinary lives. But everything changes when they meet a talking moose, catch a Pinleton Dimple fair, escape from Craggly's haunted cemetery and embark on an incredible journey to the enchanted golden tree!
Molly and Charlie face countless dangers along the way, but that's not all - they have discovered a great Secret! In the end, Molly must solve an ancient riddle or the Golden Tree and its Magic will be lost forever!
My Rating: 8/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a wonderful little book, with a sweet heroine, and a very powerful message, “believe in your dreams and you shall have them.” It was a great introduction to what I’m sure is going to be a well loved series. The book had a fun, magical feel to it, and a well written story, that kept the readers interest throughout the book. I doubt when a young reader reads this book that they’d be bored. It is a book that is hard to put down, and I can see children devouring the book until the end (and perhaps some adults who are still young at heart.)
The magic/fantasy element isn’t the same as it is in other book in the same genre, but I still found it hard to put down. You still see some very interesting (and evil) characters or creatures throughout the book, in a fairy tale land, but it appears to be more of a magical realism with a fantasy twist, than pure fantasy. The author did a fantastic job at setting up the scenes, I loved the graveyard scene and I’m sure for the young readers who read the book, that it will be a frightful/exciting scene to read - I’m sure the young (and the young at heart) will be gripping the book anxiously trying to find out what happens, in fact I’m sure that this will happen throughout most of the book.
This is a children’s book, so I went in with the mindset of a young reader, or as close to one as I can get, and looking back, it’s a fun book. The best part is I think it’s one of those books that parents and children can read together and enjoy as a family. I remember when I was young and my mom read the Hobbit to me and how excited I was to find out what happens next, how I loved the characters and hated to see something bad happen to them (even Gollum). This is one of those books, I can see children begging their parents to tell them what happens next in the book, and perhaps sneaking a peak to find out for themselves.
I don’t think I have anything negative to say about the book, the only issue for me is it is a children’s book, so although it was a fun read I couldn’t connect to the characters very well and similar issues I find with reading children or young adult books. Fun to read, often fun characters, but I just find it hard to either connect to the characters or some parts just don’t hit me, like the way I think the author intended. Which isn’t a big issue, because I think that for those who are in the age range of the book (11 - 15ish?), will love the book. And many adult YA fans, will also enjoy it. I’m just a bit of sporadic children’s lit/ya lit reader, some I like some I don’t. This I liked a lot - and highly recommend it, but just putting it out there for those who don’t normally read this genre, still worth checking out, but I know there are many readers out there who are picky about their books like me! The only other issue I had was the ending - it wasn’t a bad ending, it was a great ending, but now I want more, and there isn’t currently anything to give me the answers I want! Bah! But overall a great book!
Would I recommend it to read: Yes, to both the young, and young at heart, I think this is a book worth reading.
What to read next: Hmm. I'd say the Hobbit. Just because I think this is a great book for parents to read with their children, and that's how the Hobbit was originally introduced to me. And if you haven't tried Harry Potter yet, it's a good book to try. Oh and Wrinkle in Time.
Challenges: Read ‘n’ Review, Pages Read, 1st in a Series, 10/10 Challenge, 100+ Challenge,
A - Z Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge III, Countdown Challenge, Fantasy Challenge,
RYOB Challenge, What’s in a Name III? Challenge