Monday, July 17, 2017

The First Puddlegineer~P D Kalnay | Review

Title: The First Puddlegineer
Author: P D Kalnay
Genre: Children's Fiction
Length: 152 Pages
Release: January 2017

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really fun children's book about a little boy who likes to play in the mud. Jeremy, our main character, is around five during the story, which takes place over a few days during the summer. He's fairly well written for a five-year-old and seems believable. His thoughts about his baby sitter are particularly funny.

While playing one day Jeremy falls to sleep beside a puddle and wakes up with the Puddlekin--a group of people who live in the puddles. This part of the novel, while rather short, was one of the best portions. The world that Kalnay created, in just a few short passages, was clever and fun. I almost wish that more of the novel had been set among these little people. And the best part was that it didn't give any answers as to whether this really happened or if it was in Jeremy's imagination. For a children's book, I think that is an important point to make. Let the child decide what happened.

I was a little frustrated with Jeremy's parents during the story. I could understand their frustration with some of the things he did, but it honestly felt like they were stifling his creativity. The child is five, let him have his fun! But I know, from experience with parents, that, too often, this is the way of the world. Imagination isn't encouraged nearly as much as it should be.

This was a really fun book. If you have children, read it with them. Or read it on your own. It's a nice way to spend an afternoon. 

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