When I saw the description for the book I just knew I would like it, and I did! There were one or two things that I didn’t like, but other than that, it was a really fun hot air balloon trip with magic, a dog, and about time.
Yes, it is all about time, in a fun, but educating way. Not only does our trio get toa country with time, but also the names of the characters there, and various landmarks are about time. From Chronos to Temporus Certus. Maybe kids won’t get it all, but I am sure adults can explain it to them, so they can see how much this country is draped in time.
The thing I didn’t like was the fact that it kept switching between: Christopher or Sophie did x and y, and then back to The boy or the girl did x and y. It was quite distracting. It also happened with the dog a few times, Duke did x, then the dog did x. Especially when we know their names I think it would have been better if we kept with their names instead of making them the boy or the girl or the dog.
The book also features illustrations, and I really like how they looked. Unlike most illustrations they were painted, it felt like we were looking at a painting. But it did fit the book. I have seen some books were it might not fit, but with this book it does. I am not sure how to explain it better, it is a feeling I have. 🙂
The ending was lovely, I was at first worried it was all a dream, but then that happens. I do hope that they are able to visit the country one day again. To see how it changed, to see how Duke is doing.
Even though the book is short (60 pages), the story is complete. I have had short stories were that wasn’t the case, but in this case the story finishes all loose ends.
Yes, I did really like this book, and I would recommend it to everyone.