Professor Angelicus Visits The Big Blue Ball
by LBB Ward
||Feb 5, 2005
Barnes & Noble.com
Professor Angelicus Visits the Big Blue Ball
When Zak and Ivy head to the river for the first day of fishing, they have no idea they’re going to find that the simplest act of kindness toward the most improbable stranger will lead themselves and Zak’s little dog, Ziggy, on an incredible voyage to the farthest reaches of, above, under, and, finally, far beyond the earth.
A journey of dreams, spirit, and discovery of the simple yet absolute interconnectedness of all beings and things.
On the first day of spring, Zak, his dog Ziggy, and his friend Ivy plan to go fishing. But what they find at the river is beyond their wildest imagination. Professor Aquius Botanicus Angelicus arrives from the planet Quantia in search of pure water to fuel his unlikely spaceship – a giant bubble. He must find the water quickly, in order to return home to his planet for the Rainbow Festival - held once every billion years - so Zak and Ivy agree to help. The task seems simple enough, but as the three friends travel the world, they find it’s not so easy. Can Zak and Ivy help the Professor find the water he needs in time to make it to the Festival? Will they be foiled by the evil, shape-shifting creature, Borrell? Have things on Earth gone so wrong that they’ll never find pure water?
A journey filled with imagination, discovery, and friendship, Professor Angelicus Visits The Big Blue Ball will leave you thinking about Earth – and the rest of the universe –as you never have before.
Ivy and Ziggy had returned. Ivy, fascinated by the Professor's words, asked, "What's Quantia, Professor Angelicus?"
"Why, Quantia is the Rainbow Planet. You could say it's in the center of the universe, in the flash between moments of time and space. It was created out of water and light, at the very place where the light meets and shimmers off the water. Some of us call it the Land of Sparkle. You can look into the windows of Quantia from here. You can see it from almost anywhere, if you look hard enough."
"We can?" cried the children, "How?"
In a gentle voice, he pointed: "Look at the sun sparkling on the river. Look at the dewdrops glistening on the trees. Walk through a puddle of rain, and when the sun comes out, you'll see it! You can even see it in the eyes of your fellow earthlings when they laugh!” And with that, he let out the deepest, heartiest laugh the children had ever heard, and his eyes began to twinkle like a thousand blue stars on a clear winter night.
"The writing is truly effervescent. Ward's own respect for life, and her understanding of the joy children feel in the outdoors, makes her book a pleasure to read."
Katy Haegele - Children's Book Reviewer The Philadelphia Inquirer
A DELIGHTFUL ADVENTURE FOR ALL AGES - 5 Stars
"Professor Angelicus Visits the Big Blue Ball is a delightful adventure for all ages. When Professor Aquius Botanicus Angelicus comes to Earth from the planet Quantia in search of pure water to fuel his giant bubble of a spaceship, two best friends agree to help him. But finding pure water is not as easy as may seem, and an evil, shape-shifting creature is on their tail. A colorful story, brimming with imaginative characters, inventive ideas, and just plain fun."
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review, Children's Book Watch
A GEM - 4.5 STARS
"Author LBB Ward has written a gem that will hopefully become the bestseller that will change the world...The plot is excellently planned, the descriptive text is is beautiful and rich, and the characters are full of life. The underlying message is a much needed one, while not being a lecture. The book leaves a happy thought in the mind that we can all make a difference."
Heather Froschel, BookIdeas.com
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