The Faraway Kingdom of Ume by Michalina Ogejo
The perfect fairytale. Every element it should have is carefully put in the mixing bowl and stirred into a creamy batter to make the perfect fairytale.
Although it’s pure Grimm—it has a new and modern feel. The child-stealing monster is a half-human-half gorilla. It’s an image the child learning to read can easily conjure in their minds as they read along.
The recipe is perfect. We have the set-up, catalyst, conflict, resolution, and of course, the fairytale isn’t just that without the happy ending.
What I loved most about this story is that the writing is intelligent. The author doesn’t talk down to her young readers. Some words will challenge them. A child doesn’t have to understand every word in the book—if they do, it’s too young for them. This story is marketed toward the 6-9-year-old reader. It’s great to read along with their parent or guardian, but perfect to follow the words and read as one of the class books a child is expected to read as part of the curriculum. I would encourage the author to market this story to primary schools.
Excellent pace, gorgeous description and a tale that will withstand the test of time and outlast the next Roadblock or Minecraft games.
Highly recommended for young imaginations.
Born in South Shields, Tyne & Weir, Katherine Black lives on the tip of the beautiful British Lake District. She lives with her partner, father-in-law and 4 dysfunctional but co-mingling pets. She is mother, grandmother and secret keeper of all. She is Best Book Editors’ principal editor.