Children's Books: No Way Out
by Lashea Taylor
Children's Books: No Way Out - An Adventure Gone Wrong.
Free Kindle Download: 27th - 31st July 2015.
Four dogs, who are also the closest of friends, Chester, Amigo, Barnaby and Amber are of the adventurous type. They simply love going on expeditions to explore new places with each other. They're always careful with where they go and are certain to stay in their neighborhood.
But, one day, their explorer senses get a little too excited at an opportunity which soon becomes an expedition gone wrong. Although it had been an innocent mistake, it had some serious consequences. How were they going to get back home from the last place they expected to find themselves in?
How were they going to escape when there was no way out?
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Georgia author Lashea Taylor makes her literary debut with NO WAY OUT. She teaches second grade and is a part time child psychologist and form her writing it is quite obvious that she `loves children and has taken up her life goal to be making their lives happier and understanding them.'
Lashea divides her story into eleven chapters whose titles alone encourage the reader to investigate this adventure: THE LITTLE HAPPY FAMILY, THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME, WELCOME ABOARD!, SPOTTED!, OVER AND OUT, DOOMSDAY, FROM FEAR TO FRIENDSHIP, THE ESCAPE OF A LIFETIME, THE FINAL JOURNEY, HOME SWEET HOME, and THE REUNION. Very strong kindle for an exciting tale!
There are several reasons this book works so well, the first being the language Lashea uses - very apropos for the age group (6 - 8) she is addressing: sophisticated yet accessible, and that is a fine art when writing a book for youngsters without the benefit of illustrations to help keep the interest involved.
And should the words become quizzical to the youngsters, she provides a glossary at the end of each chapter, each `new' word is marked with an asterisk for easy cross referencing - a fine learning experience in enhancing vocabulary.
Another attribute is opening the story with a solid introduction of the characters: `Once, there lived four dogs who were as close as they could get.
They were the best of friends. Their names were Chester, Amigo, Barnaby and Amber. They were always found to be together and couldn't spend as little as an hour apart.
If one of them was troubled by something or fell ill, the rest of them would always be by his/ her side and would take care of them. Chester, a male Husky, was the funny one. He was always around to give anyone that was feeling low a laugh. Amigo, the brainy one, was a male Bulldog.
He knew everything about everything and led the group through various adventures. Barnaby, a male Labrador was the lazy one. He spent all day lolling* around the household and slept for more than 14 hours a day. Although, he did love exploring and playing with the others. Amber was a female Beagle.
Being the only girl, she was the darling of the group. Everybody loved and adored her. She was the nicest and kindest little dog. These four dogs couldn't spend as much as a day apart and never went on family vacations or picnics without each other. They had as much fun as they could in every possible way.
Chester and Amigo were owned by one family and Barnaby and Amber by another. Their owners were very nice and let the dogs out to play a lot. Both the families were pretty close and were aware of how close their pooches were.' Note the asterisk... Now we know our gang and the story can proceed.
Lashea provides a solid synopsis of the book: Four dogs, who are also the closest of friends, Chester, Amigo, Barnaby and Amber are of the adventurous type. They simply love going on expeditions to explore new places with each other. They're always careful with where they go and are certain to stay in their neighbourhood. But, one day, their explorer senses get a little too excited at an opportunity which soon becomes an expedition gone wrong. Although it had been an innocent mistake, it had some serious consequences. How were they going to get back home from the last place they expected to find themselves in? How were they going to escape when there was no way out?'
He language the dogs use is clever without being cloying, making a book about dogs and their adventure a very readable and appropriately cohesive book. The writing is first class. The only suggestion from this review would be to include illustrations - they indeed enhance a story - and perhaps issuing the `chapters' as separate eBooks in a series. Those are minor points and not criticisms. This young lass Lashea Taylor has the storytelling down pat! Grady Harp, July 15
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