Book review: The Amazing Adventures of Harry Moon- Wand- Paper- Scissors
Since the overwhelming success of the Harry Potter book and movie series, there have been many children's books mimicking a strong emphasis on magic, wizardry and witchcraft. While the fantasy and adventure of these stories has obvious appeal, some parents are naturally concerned about any ongoing mystical focus.
The Amazing Adventures of Harry Moon is not one of those books. In fact, there is a strong thread of faith throughout the stories.
In the town of Sleepy Hollow lives young Harry Moon, a typical boy in most respects, dealing with the typical, and relate-able, problems and concerns of school, friends and family. But Harry is, unfortunately, hair and vertically challenged and he must deal with the ridicule of an aggressive bully named Titus Kligore.
"The worst of it was that Titus was reckless. His hormones were raging. He even had nine chin whiskers when he was in 4th grade. Now, he was wildly out of control. The only thing Titus did have under control was the way he moved. He didn't walk through corridors like other guys- he swaggered."
The book provides many more fun, descriptive passages: 'The shop had cheery, yellow-and-red-striped awnings which shaded two windows. From far away, the awnings looked like eyelids revealing two forbidding eyes. The eyes were unblinking, staring down at Harry as the moved toward the giant face of the magic shop.'
My grandson loved it. "It's cool!.. really fun to read." The fun illustrations are also part of the appeal.
You'll find that Harry is also a budding magician and he decides to enter the middle school Annual Scary Talent Show with the support and assistance of a couple of unlikely friends- a rabbit and his ex-babysitter.
Although magic is often portrayed in other books as the solution to life's problems, Harry's mother (and his rabbit) remind him of the importance of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control. There is no place for vengeance in that magic but there is self-control.
The problems for Harry mount and he must ultimately decide to 'Do No Evil.' True Power only comes from heaven above. He learns that, "You will have a magical life. It will also be a life full of trouble. We are told that. That is why there will always be times for heroes."
Read The Amazing Adventures of Harry Moon: Wand-Paper-Scissors to find our how Harry becomes the hero he was meant to be.
There are more adventures for Harry Moon plus the opportunity to join the Harry Moon Book club and receive regular new books, ebook versions, audio version, a collectible box, posters, backpack, maps and more.
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