Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Neikos Five Land Adventure by A. K. Taylor


This is a great middle school or read to me book with tons of adventure and lots of characters to associate with.  I loved the story line and I think for the most part the author handled the different worlds that Neiko was a part of pretty well.  I did find myself lost a few times but the fact that the author used different names for the two worlds helped a lot.

However, that also led to some confusion trying to keep the characters identified.  For a middle school book, there seemed to be a lot of ‘main’ characters and it was hard sometimes to keep them straight. 

I loved the pictures and the illustrator should get extra kudos for the portrayal of the author’s vision.  I read the descriptions of the characters and saw the pictures were so exact they almost leapt out of the pages.  Great job.

My recommendation on this book would be to cut down a bit on the host of main characters.  If I, as an adult, got confused, I can’t imagine how a 12 or 15 year old would be able to keep track of who was whom.  I did love the story line and once I stopped trying to memorize the names of those not specifically interacting with Neiko I got along better with the cast. 

The story line was easy to follow, however and the adventure definitely worth the read.  I look forward to reading other books by this author and in this series.  


Reviewed by Sue Owen

9 comments:

  1. Great Review! I love to review, too, and can always appreciate the time and effort it takes to write an honest review. I posted a link to your review on my blog today at: http://authorjess.blogspot.com/2011/10/whats-up-wednesday-recap.html

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  2. Neiko loves horses, especially mustangs.
    Karen in Breezy Point
    kmartin at uslink dot net

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  3. Well Sue thank you for sharing today. I am looking forward to reading Neiko's story and will keep in mind the large cast of characters and not let that get in the way of my enjoyment. I have found as an adult it is sometimes harder to keep these type of things in order, whereas my son and his friends seem to grab hold of the multitudes and does not lose his place. Well I will try to be the big kid that enjoys the ride, maybe it will help keep me young :) I have hopped over from the Tribal Gathering today to share some luv and have some code to share with you - Neiko says "Olleh", who was your favorite character, and Neiko loves horses, especially mustangs. Personally I love my mustangs with a V8 and a loud roar, although ponies running free is a sight to behold.
    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. Thank you for the wonderful insight on the book. As a adults we seem to get confused easy when there are a lot of characters in a book. I remember as a child I just went with the flow and it was a great read.
    Neiko said to say "olleh" and wanted me to tell you Neiko love's horses, especially Mustangs.
    Thank you again for reviewing her book and giving us input.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo.com

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  5. Hi. Neiko says "olleh" and to ask "Who is your favorite character?". I'm sure you know that Neiko loves horses, especially Mustangs.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  6. Hi. Neiko says "olleh" and to ask "Who is your favorite character?". I'm sure you know that Neiko loves horses, especially Mustangs.


    eileen at booksrusonline.com

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  7. Hiya! Neiko says 'olleh'. Who is your favorite character? Neiko loves horses, especially mustangs.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. Hi. Neiko says "olleh".
    Who is your favorite character? Neiko loves horses, espcially mustangs.

    ~Brandy
    brandyzbooks at yahoo dot com

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  9. This is such a great review!! Great job! Oh, where are my manners? Hello and nice to meet you:) Neiko says "Olleh". I notice you didn't mention who your favorite character is? Do you have one?
    I also learned today, Neiko love horses, especially Mustangs so we have something in common :)

    Hope to hear from you soon!!

    xoxo
    stacey jo

    bakinstuff at yahoo

    LOVE your blog page <3

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