Sliders of Glass Mountain is another interactive masterpiece by the team of D M Potter and Blair Polly. It's quite different to the other books like In the Magician's House etc... as even though it's set on a fantasy planet it's a lot more logical and practical and I think any budding slug engineers out there will find this book not only interesting but also quite an insight! Being that it's interactive it's a lot of fun too and it naturally really involves the reader as they decide which direction to take - that's always fun, unless you're Percy the Slug and don't do so well. To top it all off there are these morph rats which okay, they're no slugs but they are slimy and hairless - so that's a huge bonus. Another fantastic book and great for those long, boring journeys.
This has now become my favourite D M Potter interactive story. It's educational - great information on caves, butterflies and sailing for example, excellent way to learn new vocabulary - my slugs were stumped on a few occasions, and most of all, it's challenging and fun. On my adventure, I went to the beach then found a cave, went up to the fortress and sailed over to an island where, something quite odd happened. I shan't say more! The pacing is excellent and the tension just builds and builds. Definitely one to buy!
My slugs and I had previously read D M Potter's In the Magician's House and Once Upon an Island follows the same formula of interactivity. This is fun, intriguing and with a little bit of history and geography about New Zealand thrown in too - not so much that my brain might explode. Unlike last time with In the Magician's House I actually made it to the end and got to meet a certain Captain and then was able to decide my own fate. I think children will love it, my slugs did, and I can recommend it if you're looking for something a little different and challenging for your 7 - 11 year olds.
This brings me back to my pre-slug days. I remember reading/playing this kind of book/game when I was a little tulip but we had to use a die. I didn't expect it when I first saw this book and was delighted to discover it was interactive as it filled me with tonnes of nostalgia and aromas of tulips. Unfortunately, I ended up being turned to stone on my first go and had to return to the beginning, which made me very angry and forced me to throw a cabbage at Dieter. I'm just not very good. It's unusually written and that was pleasing and is definitely not your run-of-the-mill fairytale so I think it's got something new to offer to young readers. This is a lot of fun and I'm sure many kids will love it as much as I love planning military attacks with my slugs.
Choosing books worthy enough to be read and reviewed by Elias Zapple.