Journey to Appleville by Veronica Appleton
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
My son (12) and I sat down together to evaluate this book. Although he is older than the intended audience he enjoys reviewing books aimed at all ages. His first comment was that although he could relate to living in a “quiet neighborhood” he didn’t like that the book starts out by saying the kids had to go to another town in order to “accomplish our goals”. He also said the eyes looked creepy on four of the six children. The fears the children state are not all fears, some just want to improve skills, impress someone, or just need to learn a lesson. We never find out if they accomplish anything because the book just ends without any resolution or hint of something positive. There’s no lesson about failure, working hard, or how to overcome any sort of obstacle. Overall, while the idea is good the execution isn’t. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.