by Seth Eisner
Publisher: WindSide Alley Books (August 4, 2013)
Print & ebook, 84 Pages
This was a charming story. I know I would have loved it between grades 1 and 4 and after that would have delighted in reading aloud to younger kids.
The normal family and school life the three siblings Emily, Chloe and Jacob found themselves in was frustrating and for Emily more than she could bear for one more day. Chloe hated that she couldn't draw and make the things that intrigued her for adults were always suggesting she draw some pretty flowers next time and so she did, finding it boring and depressing. Jacob was saddened by the realization that Mom and Dad were always too busy to spend time with him.
Emily was being bullied by the It Girls at her middle school and one day came home in a tizzy and showed Chloe and Jacob a brochure about the island of Galumphagos, a seeming paradise for kids with large teddy bear creatures and turtles to play with and no worries only fun. She talks them into running away with her. But upon arrival at the island it isn't what the brochure described. At all. It was altogether worse than their regular lives and soon they were thinking of home with longing.
This demonstration of the saying, 'The grass is always greener on the other side' is done with a soft sell not a pushy, preachy one. The efforts of the three children to return home required cooperation, mutual respect, ingenuity and perseverance. Another moral well done as none of those words were actually used. The principles were demonstrated by the children's actions and how they handled setbacks.
I absolutely loved the puns and wordplay.
The accompanying illustrations by Ellen C. Maze are delightful adding much to the power of the story.
I can definitely see a series following these three sibs through many more journey's.
From the Publishers:
Life can be tough for a loner like Emily. She’s had enough of being the perfect target for bullies. She persuades her brother and sister to run away with her to Galumphagos Island, a paradise on earth. But they find out that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the street, or even the other side of the ocean. They need all their courage and cleverness — and a little luck, too — to get out of the mess they landed in. Seth Eisner blends fantastic creatures, exotic travel, non-stop action, and humor in his story about three young children who learn that real courage isn’t just about adventures. It’s usually about ordinary things, like asking that other lonely girl if you can share her lunch table. Journey to Galumphagos is sure to entertain both adults and children.
What they are saying:
Seth has been married to Rosalind for 44 years during which she has shown almost infinite patience. They have three adult children, three children-in-law, and six grandchildren, none yet old enough to read Journey to Galumphagos, but they will be by the time the sequel comes out next year.
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