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by Peter Pollock

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Title:A Very Different School: Book 1 in the Professor Alexander's Fantastic Fieldtrips series (Volume 1)
Authors:Peter Pollock
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2013), Edition: 1, Paperback, 78 pages
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A Very Different School: Book 1 in the Professor Alexander's Fantastic Fieldtrips series (Volume 1) by Peter Pollock

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UK author Peter Pollock is offering this reading of the Easter Story FREE on Tuesday March 26th..
be sure to grab your copy at amazon in whatever app you need.. ENJOY!
and 'like' both on Amazon and FB while you're at it :)
  FHC | Jun 13, 2013 |
As usual, I received this book because of a GoodReads giveaway. Despite that kind consideration my candid opinion follows.

This book, written for children, is almost too short to include a synopsis. A mysterious professor moves into a small town, builds a new school for nine children and teaches them the story of Easter. There you have it in a nutshell.

Textually, this is a children's book. Large print, small vocabulary and simple themes around the origins of the Easter holiday. The professor is lucky enough to have a time machine so he can take the children back in time to see the situation first hand. All this, I suspect, is engaging enough for small children. As religious texts go it's minimally preachy though it does give the usual admonishments of "putting God first" and all that.

The only other real thing of note is that for a children's book it is amazingly devoid of pictures. It's 68 pages of large text and not a single illustration of any sort. Worse, the cover has a photo of a child writing, one of the immortal banes of elementary school. I couldn't get my 8-year-old to read this even with a significant bribe.

In summary, this is a religious story about Easter but the packaging and presentation is likely to be very off-putting to the eventual consumer, the children themselves. Perhaps a fine story to read aloud but don't expect the children to find it on the bookshelf and excitedly bring it to you. They'll have to be coerced to get past the lacking visual elements. ( )
  slavenrm | Mar 24, 2013 |
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