Friday, February 15, 2013
The Three Lost Kids & Cupid's Capture by Kimberly Kinrade Book Tour
Hello there everyone, Paul here today to bring you my review of The Three Lost Kids & Cupid's Capture. The review is brought to you by I.O. Book Tours, author Kimberly Kinrade, and Sher A. Hart blog. If you have a moment I am being interviewed today on The Haunting Of Orchid Forsythia for the All about Middle Grade Challenge. Let's recap all the great things going on right now just to ensure that you don't miss anything. Please enter the Sunshine Syndicate tour and huge giveaway. Head on over to the Jack Templar: Monster Hunter Book Blast Giveaway which ends today (again, not the same as the tour giveaway). At A Thousand Wrongs blog you can read another interview of yours truly as well as enter to win an ebook copy of my children's chapter book Lionel and the Golden Rule.
Before I get to my review, let's take a look at the Goodreads blurb:
Lexie is very unhappy this Valentine's Day. She can't get anything right, and her hearts all look horrible. In fact, everyone at school seems to be in an extra grumpy mood.
When she and her sisters consult her magic Mirror of Ice to find out what's going on, they are transported to Heartland, the home of Cupid herself, which is under attack by a scary monster. When Cupid is captured, the girls must navigate the Maze of Misdirection, pull themselves out of Apathy, and survive against attacking Cruel Crawlies in order to find the Chasm of Broken Hearts and save Cupid.
But first, Lexie has to learn to love herself just as she is, otherwise Valentine's will forever be filled with broken hearts.
For more Three Lost Kids fantasy adventures for 1st through 4th graders, check out Lexie World, Bella World, Maddie World, The Three Lost Kids & The Death of the Sugar Fairy and The Three Lost Kids and The Christmas Curse.
The Three Lost Kids & Cupid's Capture by Kimberly Kinrade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What I liked most: First and foremost I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the discussion guide at the end of the book. What a fantastic idea. The book itself was filled with many valuable lessons, but this is such a perfect way to really highlight and discuss the lessons. It is so perfect for a children's book. I can't think of anything better than an open discussion or dialogue between adult and child and this discussion guide is just a wonderful tool. It is perfect for teachers, libraries, and even parents to use. What a huge benefit to the reader. I also loved the aforementioned valuable lessons. Lexie learns that she doesn't have to be perfect, that is what friends and family are for. They are there to help you when you need it, and to lend their talents when perhaps yours are not enough. Ms. Kinrade did a really good job of ensuring that Lexie realizes the lesson as events unfold and that she didn't have to describe them to us. It's always better to have the main character learn a lesson rather than have the author tell them.
What missed just a bit: The only slight miss was the advanced words/phrases Cupid used at times. An example is the phrase, "...manifest its own reality." I thought this language may be a bit advanced for young reader, but it happened very infrequently.
Overall: A great book! I haven't read any other books in the The Three Lost Kids series (although I want to now) and I did not miss a beat. I do not believe young readers will either. The idea of three young sisters as the main characters is really clever. It will certainly appeal to young girls and I believe young boys as well (although they may not admit it). I recommend parents, teachers, and librarians add this book to their collection. The story is great, and the discussion guide is just super. a Rafflecopter giveaway