Friday, December 23, 2011

QUICK REVIEW: "Little Orphan Anvil" - by Joseph Beekman

by Joseph Beekman

REVIEWED BY: Ellen Fritz

A tale of an orphaned robot and its journey to help save a realm from the rule of an evil witch. When the Land of Iron and Anvil is brought to ruin by a wicked storm, the robot becomes lost to the wilds of the lands. But after being discovered by a little boy and his dog, the robot is reunited with its creator, and they set off to the Land of Shadows to free a group of orphans from the dark magic of the witch...and save an entire realm from her rule!

This book was magical from start to end. I never thought I would come to like a little whistling robot in a story as much as I did in this one. 

In “Little Orphan Anvil’ the characters are utterly lovable!  A young boy and his very clever dog; a little girl with a fire fly in a jar; a good, kind old man and of course our favorite robot droid, all meet up along the way on a quest to free the orphaned children from the evil old witch who is forcing them to work in her magical garden. A garden destined to aid in the domination of the entire realm by the rule of the witch.

The story is full of exhilarating adventure as this small group journeys through dangerous lands to get to the Land of Shadows where the witch has her mansion; and where she keeps all the orphans under a magical spell. There are also some thoroughly terrifying moments when the group is attacked by numerous supernatural entities. 

Joseph Beekman is a master at combining nature, technology and magic to create an absolutely exceptional story.  His technique of starting a chapter with a description of the surroundings, places the reader right there in the middle of the action. It was easy for me to live myself into the story because of this.  

“Little Orphan Anvil” is a wonderfully enchanting story, written for children, but will be enjoyed by young and old!

ELLEN’S star rating:  5/5


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