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Mikolay & Julia In The Attic

by Mrs Magda M Olchawska

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I read this book and had my 9 year old daughter read it too and we discussed it to write this review.
First of all, we really liked the illustrations!
They are unique and cute and we really like the real eyes, noses and mouths.
We like the illustrations better than we like the story.
My daughter said the story was boring.
I thought that the plot was good, but it is over simplified and talks down to children.
It is a story of two children, Mikolay and Julia, who are magical because their mummies are witches. While exploring the attic, they see a shadow and Mikolay decides to follow it, although Julia does not want to. They go through the attic wall and find a group of children who are being held hostage by the "onerous Flying Circus" because they did not listen to their parents and they talked to strangers.
The book ends with a warning to children not to talk to strangers. I think that the problem is that the story is above the level of young children who need the don't talk to strangers message. The plot is good and could make a decent story in an easy reader chapter book form for slightly older kids if more description were added and the "don't talk to strangers part" which makes it seem to talk down to kids was left out. Even at that level, children won't know what "onerous" means though.

In conclusion, we loved the illustrations,and the story plot is interesting, but it is not well-written, possibly because it is aimed at younger children than the plot should be geared to. ( )
  herdingcats | Dec 6, 2011 |
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