> Bless Their Hearts Mom: Children's Book Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee, Illus. by Yoko Tanaka
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Children's Book Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee, Illus. by Yoko Tanaka

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                           Today I have a couple of books for the older reader in your family.

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How about a middle grade book that even adults will fall for?

 Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy cover

A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room.  He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen.  And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested.  Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

This book is aimed at ages 8-12, grades 3-7, but as an adult reader, I was captivated by the lyrical text right from the beginning! This makes it a great book for reading out loud as well! If you love the lore and magic of say the Harry Potter or Narnia book, then this book will grab you as well! It is important to remember that when you read a middle grade book as an adult reader, you are more aware of plot devices used and the books they've been used in before. So you may find the story line feeling very familiar without putting your finger on why. But the INTENDED audience will not have this vast point of reference, and will find the story page turning and intriguing, as they relate to Ophelia! The author offers an ending that forces the reader to think and try to determine the truth of the tale. As a parent, I adore a book that makes my child THINK! You won't regret picking this book up for your child! 

There are illustrations at the front of each chapter, and there are 227 pages, making this a typical middle grade sized book! 

About the Author:
KAREN FOXLEE is the author of two young adult novels, The Anatomy of Wings and The Midnight Dress. She lives in Gympie, Australia, with her daughter.

About the Illustrator
YOKO TANAKA has illustrated children's books by Kate DiCamillo, Sara Pennypacker, R.L. LaFevers, Laura Godwin, and Keith McGowan.

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