Saturday, October 9, 2010

Life in the Woods with Joni-Pip (text only 2nd edition)

By: Carrie King
Illustrator: James BoddyCarrie King (Author)
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Published by: Bothy Books, a Division of Grace & Patrick Ltd; New edition (June 25, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0-9555246-4-6
Price: $13.70 USD Paperback, $24.00 USD hardcover.
Ages: 12 and up
Pg: 342
5 stars
Reviewed by: Dave Broughton

Beware, some U.S. outlets have the prices wrong.

Available at Amazon, Lulu, or can be ordered through Ingram's, Bertram's, or Barnes and Noble. More U.S. outlets are coming soon. Widely available in the U.K.

All hail the King ... Carrie King that is. Carrie King is an author that happens to live in England, so she's the King of England. All right, enough fun for the moment. Ms. King has written a brilliant book, The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip, that can stand beside the likes of Catcher in the Rye, The Old Man and the Sea, or On Walden Pond, yet it can be next to Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Huckleberry Finn, or Treasure Island, and be right at home. Joni Pip is a must for any library of those who know quality writing.

Joni Pip's adventures begin when her family moves to Sherwood Forest to escape the World War II bombing of Bath, England. Yes, Virginia, there really is a Sherwood Forest. Joni Pip even meets Robin Hood there, how this happens is reason enough to read the book. Ms. King makes the unbelievable convincing with style and wit.

Highlighted with drawings and asides to the reader, Joni Pip is what the younger set is calling spiffy, a word that meant sharp in appearance, the modern term means beyond excellent. Certainly, The Life in the Woods with Joni-Pip is indeed beyond excellent. Ms. King weaves the story in such a spellbinding way, you won't want to put it down, so be sure you have the time to hide away from the real world while stepping into the wild, wonderful world of Joni-Pip.

Some reviewers will tell you the basic story in a few sentences, but that won't do this wonderfully crafted work justice. Want to know the secrets of the stars? Want to understand the orbit of life, and other secrets of the universe? You'll have to get The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip to discover them for yourself ... then swear to keep them secret. 

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