That is a mouthful! But such a good one!
This week's Christian Fiction Blog Alliance's (CFBA) selection is this AWESOME book by Andrew Petereson. When it came in the mail I wasn't too sure about it...I'm not really into fantasy. But, as I flipped through it, I got so EXCITED...my eleven year old son would love this book!
So it began...
"Hey Dakota, I got this super cool book in the mail today. Will you read it for me so I can interview you about it for my blog?"
He looks at the book, "No, I hate those kinds of books."
"What "kinds" of books." I ask, frustrated. "It is exactly the same "kind" of book as the last book you read."
"Well, that cow looks creepy...I just don't want to read it."
"Fine. Okay, how about if I read the first few chapters to you tonight and you can decide then if you want to continue reading it yourself?"
"Okay...whatever." he says
At this point I knew I had him...he's a sucker for having me read to him. Needless to say, by chapter two he was hooked.
Before I get to Dakota's ground breaking interview :) let's get a quick run down on Andrew Peterson and a synopsis of the book.
About Andrew: Author/Singer/Songwriter Andrew Peterson, a 2005 Audie Award finalist for his readings of Ray Blackston’s Flabbergasted trilogy, wrote and produced the popular Christmas play and musical Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tale of the Coming of the Christ, and the album by the same name, which received the 2004 Best Album of the Year, World Christian Music’s Editors Choice Award. Andrew’s received critical acclaim for his seven albums and is at work on an eighth. He lives with his wife Jamie and their three young children near Nashville, Tennessee, where he reads storybooks aloud to his family each evening. And from the back of the book, "He lives with his family, safe from toothy cows, in a little house called The Warren near Nashville." I love that.
Artist Justin Gerard has illustrated several children’s books, including The Lightlings storybooks for young readers by R.C. Sproul. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and works as the chief creative officer for Portland Studios.
About the book: Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.
Andrew Peterson spins a quirky and riveting tale of the Igibys’ extraordinary journey from Glipwood’s Dragon Day Festival and a secret hidden in the Books and Crannies Bookstore, past the terrifying Black Carriage, clutches of the horned hounds and loathsome toothy cows surrounding AnkleJelly Manor, through the Glipwood Forest and mysterious treehouse of Peet the Sock Man (known for a little softshoe and wearing tattered socks on his hands and arms), to the very edge of the Ice Prairies.
Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness presents a world of wonder and a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to discuss for its layers of meaning about life’s true treasure and tangle of the beautiful and horrible, temporal and eternal, and good and bad.
And now onto the interview:
Me: Hello Dakota. thank you for taking time to sit down with your ole’ ma and talk about this book. Can you tell my readers a little about yourself?
Dakota: Um, well, I’m ten.
Me: Oh, are you?
Dakota: Oh, yeah,..I’m eleven now.
Me: That's what I thought. So if you could use only five words to describe yourself, what would they be?
Dakota: Um, I don’t know? I don’t know, I really don’t.
Me: Oh, come on...If you don’t choose five words, I’ll do it for you. Words like flowery and play-doh come to mind…
Dakota: Okay, here…history/science, riding my bike, having fun, eating my mom’s crostatas, and I’m funny sometimes.
Me: Okay. Good job...I knew you had it in you! :)
Me: If you were an animal, what would you be?
Dakota: A king cobra.
Me: Wow, that’ pretty vicious.
Dakota: No, they won’t attack unless something is bothering them.
Me: So what you’re saying is that I’m safe around you unless I’m annoying you? Oh, and that you're slimy and slithery?
Dakota: No, mom they’re not slimy. They’re dry, not moist.
Me: Oh okay, so you’re dry and slithery and just slightly dangerous.
Me: Oh, I feel so much better.
Me: Alrighty then…maybe we should just get to the story before I discover something else disturbing…
Me: Did you like On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness?
Dakota: I loved it. It was the best book I ever read.
Me: Wow, so what did you like about it?
Dakota: Exciting, kept me on the edge of my bed the whole time.
Me: Was it scary?
Dakota: No, just kind of intense.
Me: Who was your favorite character? And why?
Dakota: Podo, the grandpa. Because he was old, except he had the heart of a kid. He was funny because he thought he could do anything. He was a good sword fighter.
Me: What was your favorite part in the book?
**Spoiler Alert** Dakota: finding out that the children were the Jewels.
Me: Did you see Jesus in the book?
Dakota: Yeah, the Maker. The creator. He was like God. And how Janner had a path that the creator had made for him. And Janner was always trying to protect and save his brother and sister.
Me: So would recommend this book to your friends?
Me: Did you identify with any of the characters?
Dakota: No, well yes, actually…Janner. He was the oldest and we had the same thinking pattern. And he has a younger sister.
Me: Wow…thinking pattern where did you hear that?
Dakota: You and dad.
Me: Anything else you’d like to say about the book?
Me: On a scale from one to ten what was the book?
Dakota: A twenty! I can't wait for the next one.
And there you have it folks!
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