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The AMERICAN CHRONICLE March 2010

All Hail the King!

All hail the King ... Carrie King that is. Carrie King is an author who happens to live in England, so she’s the King of England. All right, enough fun for the moment. Ms. King has written a brilliant book, The Life in the Wood with Joni Pip, that can stand beside the likes of Catcher in the Rye, The Old Man and the Sea, or Walden and not shrink in importance, yet it can be next to Winnie the...

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Overview

The AMERICAN CHRONICLE March 2010

All Hail the King!

All hail the King ... Carrie King that is. Carrie King is an author who happens to live in England, so she’s the King of England. All right, enough fun for the moment. Ms. King has written a brilliant book, The Life in the Wood with Joni Pip, that can stand beside the likes of Catcher in the Rye, The Old Man and the Sea, or Walden and not shrink in importance, yet it can be next to Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Huckleberry Finn or Treasure Island, and seem right at home. Joni-Pip is a must for any library; for those who know and love quality writing.

Joni-Pip's adventures begin when her family moves to Sherwood Forest to escape the World War Two bombing of Bath, England. Joni-Pip even meets Robin Hood there. I'll leave how this happens as another reason for you to get and read the book. Suffice to say, Ms. King cleverly makes the unbelievable easily believable and sensible.

Augmented with drawings and asides to the reader, Joni-Pip is what some of the younger set are calling ‘spiffy’. That's actually an old word meaning ‘sharp in appearance or dress’, the modern slang term means, ‘something on the order of beyond excellent’. The Life in the Wood with Joni Pip is indeed beyond excellent. Ms. King can and does craft her writing in a spellbinding way. You won't want to put the book down, so be sure you have a good block of time to hide away from the real world to step into the wild, wonderful world of Joni-Pip.

Most reviewers tell you the basic story in brief. I'm not going to do that here, there's just no way to do this beautifully written piece of work justice in a few sentences. Want to know the secret of the stars in the sky? Want to understand the orbit of life and other secrets of the Universe? You'll just have to get The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip and read it for yourself; then swear to keep them secret!

Dave Broughton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780955524646
  • Publisher: Bothy Books, a Division of Grace & Patrick Ltd
  • Publication date: 6/25/2009
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

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    Stories for Children Magazine 5 star Rating

    Reviewed by: Dave Broughton All hail the King ... Carrie King that is. Carrie King is an author that happens to live in England, so she's the King of England. All right, enough fun for the moment. Ms. King has written a brilliant book, The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip, that can stand beside the likes of Catcher in the Rye, The Old Man and the Sea, or On Walden Pond, yet it can be next to Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Huckleberry Finn, or Treasure Island, and be right at home. Joni Pip is a must for any library of those who know quality writing. Joni Pip's adventures begin when her family moves to Sherwood Forest to escape the World War II bombing of Bath, England. Yes, Virginia, there really is a Sherwood Forest. Joni Pip even meets Robin Hood there, how this happens is reason enough to read the book. Ms. King makes the unbelievable convincing with style and wit. Highlighted with drawings and asides to the reader, Joni Pip is what the younger set is calling spiffy, a word that meant sharp in appearance, the modern term means beyond excellent. Certainly, The Life in the Woods with Joni-Pip is indeed beyond excellent. Ms. King weaves the story in such a spellbinding way, you won't want to put it down, so be sure you have the time to hide away from the real world while stepping into the wild, wonderful world of Joni-Pip. Some reviewers will tell you the basic story in a few sentences, but that won't do this wonderfully crafted work justice. Want to know the secrets of the stars? Want to understand the orbit of life, and other secrets of the universe? You'll have to get The Life in the Wood with Joni-Pip to discover them for yourself ... then swear to keep them secret.

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  • Posted April 4, 2010

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    Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

    Joni-Pip lived a pampered life with her family in Bath, England until the bombings of World War II forced them to escape to Knotty Knook, their cottage in Windy Woods on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest. On their journey there, Joni-Pip meets three young strangers who suddenly appear, briefly speak to her, and then disappear. Unaware they will play an important part in her life, Joni-Pip soon forgets about them. At Knotty Knook, Joni-Pip and her teddy bear Ethelred-Ted (who is much, much more than an ordinary teddy bear) play in the woods and visit her grandfather at his nearby cottage. But magical things happen in Sherwood Forest, and through what appears to be a tragic event, Joni-Pip begins a magical journey through time.

    It's hard to attribute any one genre to this wonderful book. It offers readers everything they could ask for: time-travel, action and adventure, suspense, mystery, science fiction, and bits of history. Carrie King's poetic, imaginative prose delivers a delightful book for all readers, no matter the age. Her creative imagination, the gorgeous illustrations, and magical story are enthralling. Filled with enchanting characters (animal and human alike), humor, and a heartwarming tale involving friendship, family, and a quest for a better future, this first book in the Circles trilogy is sure to garner many fans. Readers (including this reviewer) will be anxious to read the next two books in the series.

    Certainly, the literary field needs more writers like the talented Carrie King who takes her readers on a fascinating journey as she opens their minds to the extraordinary while delivering a very important message. Here's hoping this fantastic book finds its place in libraries, classrooms, and children's homes across the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    Wow!

    What a ride! I thought I would never love a book like I do Harry Potter but here comes Joni-Pip. It's so sdifferent, it takes us back to the time when kids were kids and they had great times outdoors instead of being stuck in front of a computer screen. Carrie King takes us on a journey no other children's writer has taken us before. I love how she breaks all the 'rules' about travelling back in time and being careful not to change the Past....she does exactly the opposite. I love Archimedes Spindlethrop, the slightly mad....no the totally mad, inventor! I love Ethelred-Ted....this book is a must for all kids and kids at heart! A fabulous read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    Harry Potter has a new rival!

    It's not a bit like Harry Potter but I think it has to be the next thing that follows in his footsteps. Joni-Pip is such a great story with such rich characters. Joni-Pip is Anglo-American, spoilt and grumpy, living in England during World War 2. She receives visitors from 2007 and everything changes as she and her friends embark on a fantastic journey...join them and become a real kid again...if you can't, this is not for you! I loved it and am now reading it for the fourth time. Hurry up, Carrie King, when is BOOK TWO coming out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    Move Over Harry Potter

    Joni-Pip is something so totally different. It is as light as Harry Potter is dark and just as mystifying. I was recommended this book by my mother, yes my mother! She had picked it up at a book signing, having no idea about it and she started reading it and couldn't put it down. She read all 526 pages in 5 days, quite a feat for her. She handed it me and reticently I began it. I can't describe what kind of a book it is, I just know it stirred in me longings of childhood, freedom to roam over the countryside in safety and what fun times! How I enjoyed Jumping over The Wall of Time with them! I loved the puzzles I loved the Inventor, Archimedes Spindethrop I loved Ethelred-Ted. The ending was so unexpected but so spectacular! I can't wait for BOOK TWO when is it out? Just read it, emmerse yourself and enjoy the ride: I did, oh so much. Thanks Mother Dearest!

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