Fractured

 

Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to OZ ISBN: 9781483599373 apparently published copyright 2017 and written by Eddie McPherson.

Thirteen-year-old Dereck is plagued with requests from his younger sister Jessie to read and re-read stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and more. If he does not she runs to their mother complaining. However, he loves his little sister and complies. His widowed mother must make a short trip leaving him to take care of Jessie. A violent storm arises during the night, she awakens him calling for help, the electricity fails, attempting to find his way he falls into the cellar and steps into a seemingly bottomless hole. Eventually he strikes bottom and discovers it to be the same rabbit hole that provided the prominent beginning of activities in The Wizard of OZ. However, here he is offered a short cut to the Wizard which will allow him to return home much more quickly to discover what has caused his sister to call him.

Discussion: The author has developed a plot woven around the basic Wizard of OZ with added fragments of other of Grimm’s Tales, additional fairies, good and bad witches and similar figures of fantasy. Fundamentally it is a well-written action packed thriller with humor and periods of suspense that provides a strong positive message of kindness, perseverance and family fidelity. It should have an appeal to children in the 6 to 12 or possibly slightly older group and as an aside, parents may find it somewhat more enjoyable to read to their younger children.

4* As described.

The Cats of laughing Thunder

The Cats of Laughing Thunder, Guide for Kids and Money, an e-book copyright by ThinkerBlox, written by S. S. Curtis, MBA, JD.

Following a disclaimer, nineteen chapters of advice for children on money and how to save, invest and use it are offered. A simple introduction is followed by six chapters giving suggestions to all with respect to starting your own business; working for someone else; allowances; gifts; saving money. These are set forth in a manner that can be understood by quite young children. The followed chapters contain subject matter that perhaps may be of greater interest to those somewhat older, but still couched in appropriately understandable language. Specifically, these offer material about compounding; first account; needs versus wants; budget; productive spending; debt; investing, certificate of deposit; bonds; stocks; real estate; charity; the human brain and money. A twentieth chapter provides author’s websites and in turn, is followed by a brief biography of the author and the source of her series name. The volume finishes with excerpts from coming books.

Summary: A short book of explanations and suggestions with respect to management of money directed toward children, even of quite young age.

5* for targeted audience.