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Posted May 31, 2012
I had so much fun reading this fantasy children’s story, and could not have been more impressed by how it worked. Billy Bones: Beyond the Grave, A Choose-Your-Own-Demise Novel, was like nothing I have ever read before. As you read about Billy, a boy who has recently died and finds himself in the AfterLife, you get to often choose what decision Billy makes. For example, Billy comes upon a dog. His coices are to walk away from it or to bring the dog with him. You click on your choice, and the story either continues on until the next decision needs to be made, or sometimes you make a “wrong” choice and meet an untimely end – of course this gives you the option to go back and change your answer too ;)
Billy is a great character too, and the comical and lighthearted way that Mr. Burton deals with a subject like death was great. In fact, I read a little of the beginning to my youngest, and my non-reader seemed pretty interested in the book – very high praise there! The mythology behind the AfterLife was pretty in-depth, yet I would say very easy to follow for the target audience – a great feat for a children’s book author. The plot was exciting and engaging, and you just didn’t want the story to end. I found attachments with not only Billy, but also many of the friends he meets along the way. I actually found myself going back and taking the other choices just to see what would happen, that is if I didn’t meet an untimely end. LOL
As a mother of two boys, I could not recommend this book more highly! I was impressed all around from characters to setting to the elaborate and reader-driven plot. Creativity at its best here, and as a 40+ year old woman, I’m anxiously awaiting another book. Here’s hoping for a series!
Posted May 30, 2012
Billly Bones is a very interesting and exciting book which takes us on an adventurous ride with the newly dead boy named Billy Bones. The concept of writing from the view of a dead boy in the Afterlife is fantastic and it takes a kids approach to death (Billy is dead because he picked his nose) and is in the Afterlife until his number is called again back to the living world. While he waits, we go on an exciting adventure to help him find out who he was in his past life in the afterlife and to save the Afterlife from the Reaper!. It’s a “choose your own adventure” book and I made the wrong decision and killed Billy a few times but was very happy to know that I could go back and rethink my decision. After killing him once I started to really think about my future decisions, as I didn’t want him to die, because I was anxious to find out what would happen next. This is a fantastic childrens book that I highly recommend. I can’t wait to read future adventures with Billy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.