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Book Review: The Song From Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold, Levi Pinfold (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Published Nov. 10, 2016
216 Pages

Frank doesn’t know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. He’s big, he’s weird and he smells – or so everyone in Frank’s class thinks.

And yet, there’s something nice about Nick’s house. There’s strange music playing there, and it feels light and good and makes Frank feel happy for the first time in forever.

But there’s more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help …-Goodreads

This will be a short review and mainly because I am not sure how I feel about this book. To begin this book was not what you think it is. Although I would consider this a coming of age story it isn’t a typical coming of age story. Frank is a difficult character to love. I say that because there was no real personality to her. She was a very shy girl that was being bullied and cared  a lot about her reputation. But beyond that there was not a lot to her. I couldn’t say she was strong, noisy a bit but she was truthful as much as she could has been. She was very unsure of herself but there was some growth, especially towards the end, which is why I consider this a coming of age story.

However, what shifted in this book was the magical element. It came out of nowhere…nothing lead up to it. I liked that aspect of the book. But I didn’t feel that the magic was the best route for this book. I am not the author, obviously, therefore, I had no right to say that but something was off, maybe misplaced about Nick and his secrets. Maybe it was Frank and the lack of life she brought to the book. I am not exactly sure.

But the entire book felt monotone and it was slow; even when thing were happening. I love this author but this was not the strongest book.


2 Pickles

NetGalley Review: The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold & Emily Gravett (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury Children's Published Oct. 23, 2014 224 Pages
Bloomsbury Children’s
Published Oct. 23, 2014
224 Pages

Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. However, Rudger is an imaginary friend and Amanda believed she was the only one who can see him . . . that is until Mr. Bunting arrives.

Mr. Bunting hunts and eats imaginaries and quickly puts Rudger in a corner leaving him alone and quickly fading. What is an imaginary friend to do when the one who dreamed him isn’t there?

If you only had to read one book that is not only cute, creative and a slight bit creepy then this is the book you need to read.

What stood out the most for me for this book is the creativity. Everyone or at least most has had an imaginary friend at some point and the connection that is built with this person, animal or thing is special. Harrold was able to build off this bond without the book solely being focused on the imaginary world. He was able to tie it into real life.

He also was able to freak me out a tad bit out. I wasn’t expecting the creepiness of the book. Between the illustrations and the descriptions, I was done. I am not even upset. It has been a while since I’ve read a children’s book that I’ve enjoyed and I liked this.

Short review I know but I am in love with the blend of imaginary and reality. I love how it pulls at your heart and make you think of your childhood without the creepy guy.

4.5 Pickles.