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Posted November 15, 2009
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This has become a nightly read for my 4 year old little girl. She is so enamored of Timothy that we now have "Timothy Dinner" (mac & cheese w/hot dogs) once per week!
The story is action packed, but surrounded by a sweet story of a father's never ending love for his son. The artwork is fantastic and really allowed my little one to get into the story!
Recommend this book for boys & girls, 4 years and up, and also for parents that loved "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"!
Posted October 3, 2009
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This book has a familiar story to it. Father has to travel, and son feels betrayed that he has to go away.
As it opens up we are introduced to Timothy, a young boy plagued with daydreams. He is having trouble focusing in school, and it eventually leads to him going to the principals office. His father returns from a business trip, and Timothy gets an unexpected gift that he initially feels doesn't live up to his expectations. And that is when the fun of the book really begins.
Mike Bullock crafts a great story that has enough to it for the kids to really enjoy, but also manages to bring enough in to keep adults happy too. His dialogue and characters make the story fun to read, from the robot and crew that realize Timothy's hero isn't all he's cracked up to be, to the underlying theme of Timothy growing to respect that his father has to go away to provide for them. The latter theme is brought out by having Mourn, a star dragon, have to find his son, and Timothy growing through the developments of that adventure to put this tale in to the perspective of his own Father/Son relationship.
Mike Metcalf does a great job with the book, keeping it cartoony enough to be fun, while at the same time adding depth and emotion to each of the characters. His art is truly a joy to look at and fits the story perfectly.
Overall this book, yes it is a book, weighing in at 121 pages is a great read. With an engaging storyline and wonderful art, I am proud to have it in my collection and look forward to sharing it with my children.