'BEYOND EXCELLENT!' says Dave Broughton of The American Chronicle, '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 and not shrink in importance: yet it can be next to Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Huckleberry Finn, Treasure Island or Harry Potter and seem right at home.
Joni Pip is a must for any library and for those who know and love quality writing. Augmented with drawings and asides to the reader, 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? 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!'
Christy Tillery French of The Midwest Book Review says,
'I especially find it hard to write reviews when the book is just extraordinary and I want to convey how much I like it. I always struggle to do so. I hope I have relayed this with this fabulous book.
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, and unaware they will play an important part in her life, Joni-Pip meets three young strangers who briefly speak to her and then disappear.
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 (animals and human alike), humor and a heart warming 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.'
Australian Reviewer, Mandy de Jager says,
'A story the whole family will enjoy, full of endearing characters that will claim a little piece of your heart. Adventureful! Delightful! Memorable!
The Life in The Wood with Joni-Pip is an adventure of jumping in time, changing bad pasts into better futures, discovering that friends and family are truly important and being grateful for the life we have.
Joni-Pip and her family move to Berry Bush on the edge of Sherwood Forest after the bombing of Bath, England in 1942. During the novel, World War II is ever-present, grounding the reader's thoughts, reminding us that this story, although fiction, does have serious issues at its heart.
When Joni-Pip and her family move she thinks the world has ended. Joni-Pip could not possibly imagine a Quission with talking animals was ready to teach her about life and bring new friends to her world, providing her with a spectacularly adventurous journey that would change her life forever!'
|Publisher:||Bothy Books, a Division of Grace & Patrick Ltd|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)|