Sunday, October 16, 2011

Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish

Like reading my 9-yr old’s mind!

This book that I’m going to tell you about was perhaps the most PERFECT book for my nine-year old son. It’s like reading his mind—like all the stories/adventures he makes up—like his dreams and daydreams—but put together in a more polished way.

This book, Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, and Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish was superb—it’s just right for the age group for which it was written. It’s imaginative, quirky, silly, and has a wonderful amount of rabbit trails. It’s the story of a boy’s overnight journey into a magical world in his great-aunt’s hair! Weird, huh?  It’s an amazing journey for a normal, kind of insecure young boy—as he travels along with the help of a guide (Meeka the elf)—into many different mini-adventures and meets many more folks living in “Great-Aunt Harriet’s Hair.” In his travels he meets several very wise residents of this place (Great-Aunt Harriet’s Hair!) who teach him lessons about his value as a person and his outlook on life as well as teaching him about “The Author” who created him/life/etc and has a plan for his life.

I don’t want to give any more of the story away, you need to read this book if you have kids in this age range! It’s a fun fun read, and it has a nice gentle message about life and God’s control/purpose/plan for it. It’s not an evangelistic book by any means, but it’s a great nudge in relation to God’s hand in each of our lives. This will be a great addition to my son’s library—of course it’s not the only type of reading material he loves reading, but it’s certainly a winner!

I would totally recommend this book! I will say that some readers might find it totally ridiculous, not their type of reading, but for my son and his friends—this is it!

I received a copy of this book for free from Zondervan Publishers for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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