AuthorsDen.com  Join (free) | Login 

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: Tom Hyland, iMaryAngela Nangini, iKathryn Perry, iDavid Hamilton, iKate Saundby, iGracie McKeever, iJackie Miller, i
  Home > Family > Articles
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Regis H. Schilken

· Become a Fan
  Notify me of new titles
  added by this author.

· 137 titles
· 181 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
·
Member Since: Jun, 2005

   Sitemap
   My Blog
   Contact Author
   Read Reviews

Books
· Tears of Deceit

· Cipher

· Demons of Justice

· You Know When

· The Island off Stony Point

· The Oculi Incident


Short Stories
· Sliding into Non-Being!


Articles
· Book Review: Retribution: The Battle for Japan

· Book Review: In The Land of Invisible Women by Dr. Ahmed

· Book Review: The Ayatollah Begs to Differ

· Book Review: Theo’s Big Scare by Rebecca J. Irias

· Book Review: Saving Savannah

· Book Review: The Zenith Syndrome by Robert Menzies

· Book Review: Alive Again by Howard C. Samuels

· Book Review: Map of the Sky by Felix Palma

· Book Review: Map of Time by Felix Palma

· Book Review: Dumping the Magic by Connie Donaldson


Poetry
· Albums of Antiquity

· Rosa Parks and America's Conscience

· Hitler's Dread

· Being Normal

· High School Boys

· Skinny Boy

· Smiling Flower

· Hell's Ashes

· Man's Fate

· Orchid Soul

         More poetry...

Regis H. Schilken, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.

A book review by Regis Schilken

In a household where cleanliness and order reign supreme, it is hard to imagine life for young Eric, a boy of eight and his slightly older sister Val. In Where’s My Wand? These two kids align with their father in an attempt to keep their antiseptic house in some way livable. The kitchen sink, for example is no place for water to collect. When used, it must be left clean and above all, it must be dried.

 

Eric is under the illusion that because on a few occasions when he wished for something to happen and it did, that he has magical powers. When dad loses his job forcing shrew-like mother to support her family, Eric thinks his magic causes his father to eventually find a new job.

 

In the basement of their home, Eric keeps a large bed spread under which he sings incantations when he hopes to right any situation that has spun out of control which seems to be the norm for this family. He remembers well the time his father and unreasonable mother had a bitter fight and the only recourse dad had was to leave. Secretly, under his large incantation blanket, Eric wishes and hopes that his very rational father will return. When he does, Eric becomes convinced of his special powers.

 

In Where’s My Wand? No one is permitted into the living room with its shag carpet and mismatched pieces of furniture both in color and form. In fact, If one dares enter that room, upon leaving, the intruder must rake the shag so that its furrows all run in the same direction. God forbid that a non-raked footprint be found.

 

Eric reminded me of Charlie Brown. He seemed destined to find hardship in everything. His teacher tells him during an exam, “Stop rushing through your test that way. You’re not that smart.” Outside of school, Eric runs into his least friend who bullies him more often than not. In spite of his taunts, Eric starts to feel sorry for this boy when he realizes he is partially deaf.

 

Where’s My Wand is both wonderfully comical and pathetic. When grandma comes to visit, her cigarette lights the mattress in her room on fire. Bedlam ensues. Firemen are called. Before they ever leave the house, Eric’s mother is scrubbing down the smoke laden walls with detergent and water. She’s given her husband his own bucket and scrub brush even though it’s early A.M. Nothing can stand in the way of a sterile house. She gives Granny her final directive: this is the very last time you will visit.

 

But the lazy hazy days of childhood should eventually give way to ever increasing understanding about the world, sex, self-identity, love, death, and relationships. At twelve, Eric is just beginning his spurt to manhood. Will he find his way or will life forever taunt him? This is the fascinating story behind Where’s My Wand? I would recommend this book to readers who like a very light read, filled with comical text, but at the same time, a read crammed with pathos for a very dysfunctional family. One will come away with the feeling, “How lucky I was!”

 

 

Web Site Regis Schilken Writes
f

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!



Books by
Regis H. Schilken



Cipher

Buy Options
Kindle, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




You Know When

Buy Options
Amazon, more..




Demons of Justice

Buy Options




Tears of Deceit





The Oculi Incident

Buy Options
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




The Island off Stony Point

Buy Options
Amazon, more..


Popular
Family Articles
  1. Words Fail Me: The Harrowing Life of Careg
  2. Liberation or bondage
  3. A Last Letter from Dear Old Dad
  4. Death Pays a Visit
  5. My New Grandson is Born!
  6. Cats are Smarter than you Know.
  7. Choosing a secure password is key to avoid
  8. Grandfather's Ramblings / Comentarios del
  9. It's Coming, It's ready, It's Here!
  10. Integral Meaning
  11. MEA CULPA ...
  12. Alzyisms Part 7 - Partial Reconciliation
  13. PRECIOUS - THE MOVIE
  14. Alzyisms - Part 6
  15. Alzyism's Part 5
  16. Earlin Harvey
  17. My Grandmother's Memories
  18. Is your Facebook Friend a Digital Criminal
  19. Back to the Bradshaws
  20. Learning to Be Kind

You can also search authors by alphabetical listing: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z



Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen

© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.