I received this book, and was invited to this blog tour, courtesy of the publisher/Authoright
Normally I only do a review, but this is a blog tour, and so I will first post my review, after that some information on the book and the author.
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
This was a bit confusing. It was quite fun to read, I flew through it, but I was confused for most of the book. Especially when the dreams seemed to take more focus than the normal life stuff. At times I had a hard time differentiating between their awake and sleep time.
The book takes place over one week. Each day a new adventure happens, each day our friends meet new friends thanks to the bubbles, the magic, and their teacher. It was fun to see the children really flourish and get happier. During the first and second day they were still a bit grumpy/impatient/not that happy, but after a few days they looked forward to school.
It is just a shame that the teacher removed their memories. I don’t really see why it is needed. I am sure the parents won’t believe the kids, that is how it generally goes. Really, who would believe it if their kids told them about dragons, a phoenix, a yeti, about a journey in dreams? So yeah, it wasn’t too happy with this part. I would rather have seen her let them keep those memories. Besides, I do vaguely remember something from another book, that it might cause more harm if you keep removing memories.
The adventures during the sleep time went from a few sentences to whole paragraphs to whole pages. I loved that the kids seemed to meet up in the dreams, and also had adventures and found friends.
The art was a bit of a mixed bag for me. There were a few good illustrations, but some weren’t my taste.
All in all, a pretty OK book, I had fun reading it, though I still have quite a few questions about the teacher and her bubble magic. But from what I can see there will be another book, so that is good!
Some information on the book:
Angelique has long thin legs, long thin arms and a turned-up nose on which sits an enormous pair of spectacles. Her spectacles are so big that they look like magnifying glasses and make her eyes look very large. She normally wears black shoes, a blue dress and a red scarf, and she had just been awarded all her Certificates and Diplomas to become a teacher. But she needs a job. Retuning to her home village at the foothills of the French Alps, Angelique finds her childhood school has closed! All she needs is determination, enthusiasm and ten pupils to re-open the school and realise her dreams. But Angelique soon realises that her daily adventures have only just begun.
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Some information on the author:
Now retired Malcolm Howard lives in Walton-On-Thames Surrey. Malcolm has enjoyed a varied career from being a part of the Queens Surrey Regiment, to moving to the French Alps where he set up a Ski High School, now part of the British Ski Academy, before returning to Surrey to work for the probation service. In his spare time he continues to lend a hand at the local Council as well as visit the mountains in France where his son still lives.