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Awarded Family Review Center, "BEST OF 2012"
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"This book is charming, comical, an easy read and delightful. The twists and turns entangled in the mystery of the story leave the reader entrenched until the ending."
"This is a must read that every child will enjoy"
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The second adventure in the Sir Licksalot Series capturing reluctant readers & Hi/Low readers. Sir Licksalot & The Island Fools was honored, Best of 2012.
Blaze N. Haught and his friends conspire to return to Mavericks during summer vacation. After careful planning and keeping their secret safe from the adults, plans suddenly go awry starting with an uninvited guest who changes everything. With the help of Sir Licksalot's natural canine curiosity, the kids uncover the presence of three powerful Goddesses. Myths are revealed, friendships are tested, and mana is discovered in this hair-raising magical adventure.
"Entertaining and Funny"
—GhostWriter Literary Reviews
"Fascinated by the Legends"
"Engages the reader from the first page"
--Stories For Children Magazine
Blaze has a great secret: a magical water fountain is in his backyard. By fiddling with one of the ornaments, Blaze and his friends, plus his dog Sir Licksalot, get a fast and wet ride to other places. This time, they land at the top of a volcano. Cold, wet and dirty, they decide to hike down the mountain to the jungle below in search of warmth and water. Along the way, danger arrives in the form of wild pigs, the friends get separated and the adventure begins! The greatest danger in my mind though was not the pigs, the slippery mud slope or the steep waterfalls that the kids have to navigate. Instead, Blaze and one of his friends have difficulty getting along. Together they must sort out their conflicts and fears so that they can successfully navigate the island and find a way home.
This children’s story has elements of magic and education in it. The island is one of the Hawaii islands, and through their adventures, Blaze and the gang learn about the island culture, respect for nature and the spiritual beliefs of the islanders. I was fascinated by the legends and cultural insights shared in the story. In addition, I was drawn into the valuable lessons that the children learned through their adventures. Young readers will relate to the issues that the friends have with each other, and how they struggle to overcome them without losing their friendship. While reading this, I thought of ‘The Magic Tree House’ series. Children who enjoyed that series would like Sir Licksalot and his friends.
GhostWriter Literary Reviews
The Maverick Fools become the Island Fools on another adventure in which their wit and bravery is again tested with interesting results. This story takes a modern twist as it is written a few years after the first one and there are new ways and more entertaining ways to communicate and torture friends. Along for the ride is Sir Licksalot himself for another adventure with his human friends.
This is as entertaining and funny as the first story but again made modern with the use of high tech phones that so many kids this age are obsessed over. I would love to see the original and its sequel as an animated series on either the big or small screen, as live action would be more fun, if possible. Excellent read.
Stories for Children Magazine
This is an adventure book for kids 8-12 years old and such a fun book. From the magic fountain which takes Blaze, Danny, Bobby, and the rest of the gang to a volcano on a Hawaiian Island to everyday peer conflicts, this book entertains and engages the reader from the first page. The title even is mysterious as the reader discovers what Fools really stands for.
Woven throughout the story are real life struggles for Blaze. He is in a new town, new school, and making new friends and seriously missing his old friends. Combined with a bully, a nerd, and a girl named CiCi who finds the need to tag alone, these characters will win your heart as they all build trust and friendship throughout the adventures provided from the magic fountain. And the addition of Sir Licksalot is heartwarming and funny.
The author has also included within the story great tidbits on Hawaiian history and folklore and as well as native language translations. It enhances the story line while demonstrating the history of friendship and very subtle life lessons. Readers will read it again and look anxiously for the next book in the series to follow more adventures with the characters and their dog, Sir Licksalot.
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