Recently, I was asked to review the new children’s novel: The Adventures of Ai, which was written for children aged 9 - 11. This wonderful story was written by Craig Bouchard, a Wall Street tycoon and the author of two adult books. This is his first (but hopefully not last) children’s novel. It embeds a story, inside a story, inside a story and tells a wonderful tale of adventure. In addition to the book, there is also an iPad app where children can have adventures just in 1500’s Japan, just like Ai in the story. Children can compete with children in other countries. The country that leads competition wins 10% of total revenues for charities in their country.
I personally read an enjoyed this book, and I even have a novel study unit in the plans for this book. However, when we received our free, advanced, copy I decided to share it with my 10 year old son. He loved the book as well and wrote this review for you all:
The Adventures Of Ai is a story of a father telling a story to his three girls. The father told them a story of when he went to Japan in 1992. In Japan he had a great adventure, an adventure he would never forget. It started on a beautiful but chilly spring morning in Japan he was sitting on his patio, when a ball bounced over the wall. He found out it was a baseball, then somebody knocked on the door. This was the start of his adventures with the Hara family. The grandfather of this family shared with him a special story, which is the third story – in a story – in a story of this story.
When the man was invited to the Hara’s home for dinner, he thought he would sit on a chair to eat, but they sat on the floor. This reminded of when I went to Morocco, and we would sit on the floor to eat when invited to our Aunt’s house. After everyone ate the grandfather told the man to meet him in his office. When the man got to the office, the man was flabbergasted to be told a story about a girl named Ai who had a adventure with mythical creatures such as an Oni. An Oni is a mix match of a goat and a human.
I think that this book is good for pre-teens and above.This book would be wonderful for people who love nature, but also to people who love to be adventurous, like me! The author described the action to make you feel like you’re right inside the book. This author is great. I hope that he makes more spectacular books in the future.
Find more book reviews and stories of my adventures at Traveling From a Kid’s Point of View.
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