What I Loved: I am always a sucker for a re-telling or a re-imagining of a fairytale. Flobella is that plus so much more. The book could be considered a re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz, but there were also some aspects that made me think of Alice in Wonderland. There is a cat that duplicates and begins to look like an accordion, and I greatly enjoyed that scene. I loved that this book also stands on its own as a creative story, giving the reader new ways to think of their own creative strengths.
How I Felt: The story is perfect for young readers. It is quick moving and not too long. The characters are fun and different, and completely grab your interest as soon as you meet them. The dimension is described in a way that makes you really see what the author wanted you to see. There is a part where the field of flowers turns to a fabric with sewn flowers, and I could truly visualize the change and I very much appreciated the authors ability to describe that scene.
The world Flobella is drawn into is called the Creative Idea Dimension (CID), and I would have liked it to be called something just a bit less “on the mark” so to say. All of the creatures and names were so creative in this book, and I would have liked the dimension’s name to match. That’s my only downside to this book, and it was not a draw back to reading the story, it was truly a very small downside.
To Read or Not To Read: I think this book should be in school libraries. It is a great story about how creative each, individual person can be. It is written using a fun, engaging story for children that will make them inspired to be creative themselves. I think this book is suitable for 3rd-6th graders.
What’s This Book About Anyway?
Flobella has lived with her very mean Aunt and Uncle since she was 4 when she became an orphan. At 12, she now spends her time painting and dreaming of a woman who might be her mother. As she is painting, her brushstrokes start to swirl and lift off the page taking her up with them. A tiny fairy, Mumu appears and takes Flobella with her through the spiral to the Creative Idea Dimension (CID). She must only stay one hour and then she must get back home to keep from causing all kinds of inter-dimensional problems.
She misses her opportunity to get home, however, and now the only way back is to take the Creative Path to the Gold Door. She must find Evo the wise man beyond the door, as he is the only one who can help her. Her path is filled with fantastic, creative beings, who want to help her, but there is one who will stop at nothing to keep her from finishing her journey. . .
This ARC was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review. Flobella will be available for digital and print purchase in early November 2019.
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