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The Dragons of Ordinary Farm

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

    An Open Letter to the Editor of Kirkus Reviews

    Dear Ms Szewczyk

    Over the years my husband and business partner (we have been working together for 20 years) Tad Williams has been reviewed by Kirkus for most if not all of his novels. The reviews are always the worst of anything that we receive. It's both painful and funny, being on the receiving end.

    The review for our juvenile novel, The Dragons Of Ordinary Farm, continues the tradition. I feel compelled to ask you, sincerely, when so many books are published in the world, why does Kirkus continue to give us attention? You guys hate our work. It's a pattern. It's not really my idea of criticism, it just seems to be relentless bile. Truly, hand on heart, why bother?

    I wish respectfully to ask you not to review us again. There are a lot of books that deserve thoughtful critical attention - a lot of young writers for whom a review in Kirkus could be a real boost. Please, in future, can you consider giving the space to someone who (in your opinion) might be more deserving of attention?

    Sincerely

    Deborah Beale

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    An exciting fantasy

    Their mom informs Tyler and Lucinda that they will send four weeks with the Pierho family while she goes on a singles retreat. Lucinda begs her to send them almost anywhere else though her choice would be dad; Tyler has given up the fight. A letter arrives from Great Uncle Gideon Goldring whom mom thought died a century ago inviting his great niece and nephew to spend time on his farm in Standard Valley, California. Mom informs the "King and Queen of Romania" that they will visit their great uncle for six weeks. Lucinda moans they went from fish smell to cow excrement; Tyler is silent.

    The farm is not what the kids expected nor is Uncle Gideon who seems distracted and panicked though they have no earthly idea why. The workers (Mr. Walkwell, Colin and his mom) are not welcoming. Tyler and Lucinda soon meet the not ordinary farm animals starting with a "dragon" cow in the barn and a griffin. Both wonder how no one has discovered the rather nosy unicorn herd. They meet other strange creatures. As an excited Tyler investigates what is going on and why Gideon seems on the verge of a nervous breakdown, he persuades his moping sister to join him on a trek through time and reality; not quite fully realizing yet why they were brought to the farm.

    The first part of this exciting fantasy escorts the young readers around the farm through mostly Tyler's exploration; Lucinda is still in an unlikable snit. This enables the older elementary school audience to meet the not so ordinary farm animals and the workers. That in turn sets the stage for Lucinda (having moved from sulk to awe) and Tyler's most excellent adventures that take up most of the fast-paced story line ending with a great climax. Young fans will want to join the outsiders on their incredible summer vacation (imagine how they will explain what they did when they return to school).

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Goldenpaded egg

    Hachis a rare dragon pops out of the shell and snugls with her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    A silver patterned egg

    Deep from within the egg a shuffling sound could be heard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Small egg

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

    Tyler and Lucinda are not looking forward to spending their summer with an uncle they've never met or heard about. And they're sure they'll be bored to tears when they learn their Uncle Gideon is the owner of Ordinary Farm. Their imagined summer of cows, sheep, and tedious farm chores is far from the adventurous summer they'd like.

    However, Ordinary Farm is not your average farm. The cow in the barn is an enormous dragon. The leaping sheep of the fields are unicorns. The chicken coops are filled with griffons and other mysterious creatures. The other outbuildings house magical secrets Tyler and Lucinda never imagined.

    The boring summer the two expected turns out to be the most exciting and thrilling one of their lives. Of course, it could also be their last. A sinister plot is afoot and it's up to Tyler and Lucinda to unravel it and save Ordinary Farm and its secrets.

    I enjoyed my trip to Ordinary Farm, and I loved spending time with the magical animals and wonderful characters in the world created by Williams and Beale.

    I am eagerly looking forward to more adventures with the characters and creatures of Ordinary Farm. This is the beginning of a series that promises further revelation and extraordinary fun, and I will be among the first in line to get my hands on the sequel.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    Awesome!!

    A great book for young and old alike. It felt a bit like Narnia meets Harry Potter, but in a completely original and refreshing way. All in all, an excellent read.

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

    Better than Turkish Delight

    This has been the best book I've read so far this summer. It is written for kids, but, as an adult I ate it up like Ice Cream! It left me wanting more. Much more!

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    Thoroughly entertaining!

    Authors Williams and Beale deftly mix action, adventure, mystery and humour in this perfect-for-summer read. The young protagonists, Tyler and Lucinda, are believable and engaging. The antagonists are plausibly motivated rather than gratuitously evil. The fantastical creatures are realistically dangerous, not fairy-tale idealizations.

    Best of all, the conclusion is exciting and satisfying, yet leaves plenty of mysteries to delve into in the next volume. Much fun!

    As a side note, that review by Kirkus makes no sense. It doesn't sound like they even bothered to read the book. And considering Ms. Beale's open letter, I wonder if such a review was written with malicious intent. Rather unprofessional.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    Dragon Lovers Alert!

    A wonderful lesson in trust and belief, peopled with characters who spark the imagination. This is a fun read for all ages and especially for those of us who dream of dragons.

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