Publication Date: October 19th 2017
Publisher: Rumour Books India
Genres: Children, Fantasy
Part of Series? No
Source: Review Copy
Goodreads Blurb: Mira Rawat has heard tales of Farland all her life from her mother, who has described the magical place of gnomes, fairies, mermaids and animals, and especially its wondrous festival, the New Moon Party. Now, Mira has been informed by a man named Bushy that she has been invited by Princess Harmonica to attend the party. Bushy also uses a spell to turn her two friends, the mischievous and vexing boys, Bira and Vira, into rats so that they will not disturb the other party guests with their constant fighting and misbehaviour. At midnight, Mira, with Bira and Vira snuggled in her pocket, climbs Gunhill and is picked up by the pilot Starhead and flown in his plane to the party. However, the flight is cut short by a terrible wind, and Starhead is forced to land his plane near the Lost Forest. There, Mira discovers that Farland is in great jeopardy. Another Farland resident, Windman, has been generating great windstorms to prevent the Queen of Witches from reaching Dragon Hill. She intends to release the Dragon of Underhill, chained in its den beneath Dragon Hill, so that Farland will be burned and completely destroyed.
Introduction & Plot
Do you guys read middle grade or children’s books? Do you enjoy them? I certainly do. So when the author asked me to review his debut book, I couldn’t refuse it because of first thing, look at the cover! And it is fantasy, so who could refuse? Because, children + fantasy = Best combination 😀
This is a story about a young and adventurous girl Mira. She had two rambunctious friends Bira and Vira who always fought with each other. Mira’s mother used to tell her stories about a magical place called Farland and it’s people. Once when Mira was on Gunhill with her friends, she meets Bushy who tell her that princess Harmonica wishes to meet her and has invited her to the most glamorous New Moon party.
Then begins the adventurous journey of Mira and her friends in the Faland. They meet many characters like Starhead, Windman, Mastiff, Fat Master, Candy Man etc. during their journey when they were trying to save the Farland from the Queen of Witches.
Does Mira succeed in saving Farland from the Queen of Witches? What problems did she face? Was she able to enjoy the New Moon party? To know answer to these you need to read this 🙂
The most important aspect in a children/middle-grade book is the writing style. And speaking of that, the author has managed to keep a very beautiful and descriptive language. Though I must tell you here that it is not that simple either, if you see it from a POV of a child. Moshank Relia has used the combination of simple and new words perfectly.
From our childhood, our grandparents have passed the stories to us where the background theme is often of good vs. bad, and how good always win. And probably, we would too pass this classic moral to our children. The author has managed to offer this moral through his story. This story offers so many things for children to learn, basically the basic virtues of life. The various incidents in the book like fighting the evil queen, meeting new persons etc. tell the importance of friendship, bravery and team effort. That being said, children have definitely a lot of things to learn from this.
This book is merely 70 pages and surely I wanted the story to be little bigger. But I guess, from a child’s point of view this is the perfect length. Moshank hasn’t tried to stretch the story or to make it complicated. He has just narrated the incidents one after another in the simplest way possible. This is the real beauty of the story which makes it fast paced and manages to engross the readers till the end.
This book also contains some illustrations and they are super good. Since I read an ebook, I was not able to feel them actually. But I so wished to have the physical copy right away and my hands were itching to color them 😀 (or maybe there are actually colored images in the book?)
This book is perfect for the age group of 6-14 and it will surely capture the imagination and curiosity of the children. If you are looking something to gift a child, this would be a perfect choice. Being said that, for adults too, this book is good if you are looking for a light and quick read and like fantasy.
I wish to go to such Farland one day 😀
Adventures In Farland by Moshank Relia is an adventurous journey to a magical land. A perfect book for children and yes, for you too!
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Do you read such children stories in between the regular stuff? Do you enjoy them?