Sunday, September 1, 2013

"Spartan & The Green Egg - A Trip to the Rainforest" by Nabila Khashoggi & illustrated by Manuel Cadag

About the book: Spartan and the Green Egg Children’s Book Takes a Trip to the Rainforest - Author Nabila Khashoggi has written a fun and educational new children’s book, Spartan and the Green Egg, a Trip to the Rainforest that is sure to provide excitement and wonder as young readers travel to the rainforest to experience an amazing journey.

A Trip to the Rainforest is the debut book in a continuing series of ten adventures with Spartan, his three friends and his dog, Grimm and their travels of the world. The mission of this talented team is to gain and share knowledge of their amazing discoveries.

With the power of their minds, they made contact with a race of alien explorers, who communicate with them via an egg-shaped spaceship that is itself an organic alien being. Their friend, Egg introduces them to new technology and cool gadgets along the way.

My thoughts:  First of all, I am simply not a fan of graphic novels. I prefer books in either prose or rhyme and a nice flow to the storyline. I prefer illustrations but not in the form of the graphic novel.  I did not realize that this was an environmentally or politically charged storyline.  I assumed from the description I received (see above) prior to opportunity to review the book that it was a fantasy or science fiction sort of book. I'm not particularly fond of them, either. I found the book heavy on spiritual (powerful green spirit), a shape-changing time and space traveling egg, spontaneously appearing objects, etc.

Let's just say this is not a book I favor or would purchase or encourage others to purchase. Beautifully bound and published it is categorized as Juvenile fiction/Comics & Graphic novels/General.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to render a positive review.

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