Darien is a creative ten-year-old girl who wishes to escape her dull and predictable life. She loves to read, draw, and daydream, despite her parents' efforts to teach her to be practical. But when a stormy day brings Darien together with her peculiar neighbor, strange things begin to happen.
Miss Mildred-or Miss Mildew, as she is called behind her back-lives across the street from Darien. Old-fashioned and stern, Miss Mildred agrees to babysit Darien for the day and shares her secret box of mysterious paints. Using the power of her imagination and her painting skills, Darien creates a doorway to another world; a world full of turmoil and unrest. She unexpectedly finds herself in the other world, caught up in a quest to find justice for dragons and humans alike.
Come along with Darien on a magical adventure as she encounters bizarre creatures, confronts a bad-tempered dragon, flees from a wicked king, attempts a daring rescue, and tries to find the courage to believe in something real-herself.
About the Author
Jeanna Kunce lives in Wisconsin, nestled between the bluffs and the Mississippi River, with her husband, two children, and two cats named Strider and Tribble. She hopes to inspire a love of reading, daydreaming, and creativity through her stories.
Craig is an dad, artist, author, and educator. He writes and illustrates many fun and adventurous children's books fashioned after his own experiences as a child, and what he sees his own children do everyday. Edrick the Inventor(R) books were written to bring parents and children together to spend quality time reading, laughing and thinking about wild ideas!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The first in a new fantasy series, Darien and the Lost Paints of Telinoria begins with a very familiar, and relatable, feeling- the boredom of being a child pent up in a house on a rainy day. Also familiar is the disconnect felt between adolescents and adults, how we dwell together in almost parallel universes. How fitting, then, that Darien finds her way into a parallel universe, where instead of existing in the background, she becomes the center of an epic story. Interestingly, the parent-child bonds in the fantasy world are very opposite in the fantasy world, where family members work together and speak to each other with great respect. My son, who is 9, will tell you that Darien is a good story. After all, he read it front to back quickly and was thoroughly engrossed in the story. As an adult reader, I can harken back to my own childhood love of reading, painting, and fantasizing about being elsewhere-literally being IN books, paintings, movies..Darien takes me back, and entertains it's target audience! We're looking forward to sharing Darien's next adventure.
I am a homeschooling parent of 2 children ages 9 and 10. They absolutely LOVED this book. While they could have read it on their own I ended up reading it out loud for group reading time every day and they absolutely fell in love with Darien and Miss Millie, their budding friendship and all of Darien's adventures. We can't wait for the next book to come out in November!!