From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson – Review

Book Review – From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson

From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson by Nikki Bennett

About the Book

Title: From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson
Author: Nikki Bennett
Publication Date: June 26, 2014
Publisher: Firedrake Books, LLC
Pages: 116
Recommended Ages: 7 to 12
Summary: Every house has a history. This House has a mystery.
When the orphaned Munson kids move with their aunt to The House, Mindy Munson discovers strange creatures living there already. Ghosts. Dragons. Leprechauns. And a scary Thing lurking in the basement.
Mindy’s older sister Susie is determined to find out where these creatures came from and why they’re living in the Munson’s house. With the help of the next-door neighbors and an old lady named Mrs. Wemberley, Susie, Mindy and their brothers unravel The House’s amazing secrets. And along the way, they discover some incredible secrets about themselves.

Nikki Bennett

About the Author: Nikki Bennett

Nikki Bennett is an author and world traveler currently living in Japan. She loves traveling, and incorporates all the culture and folklore she can from the countries she visits into her stories.
Nikki has two books out right now. Her first book, FOUR FIENDS is a MG fantasy adventure and her book, MUKADE ISLAND is a YA adventure/fantasy (think Lord of the Flies meets LOST, it it was set on a different world!)

Book Review:

This book is a just awesome. I really did love every minute of it. It is, not only a cute story, but has such cute hidden messages. I bet if I were to read it a second time, I would notice even more than I did the first time and still enjoy the book just as much as I did the first time reading through. 

5 out of 5 stars

First of all, the book is written in a first person perspective, which is not usually my favorite, but the author does it so well. My problem with first person books is that the thoughts and feelings of the “teller” often get in the way of the thoughts and feelings of the other characters of the book. This author did a great job of explaining from the “teller’s” perspective without letting her person get in the way of the rest of the story. I thought she did a great job. 

Aside from that, the story is just precious. Let’s remember for a minute for whom this book is intended, children ages 7-12. I am 25 and my children are not yet old enough to speak, so I read the book to myself. The book was written well enough that I was actually entertained by it. Not because it was a cutesy story, but because I was anticipating the ending and wondering what would become of the characters. I wanted to know how things were going to turn out. Each character had issues that they were dealing with and each one resolved their issues during the book somehow and I cheered for them when that happened. I think children’s books should always be written just as well as adult books. Often, people think that it’s ok to skimp on character development or story imagination when writing a children’s book. This was not one of those cases AT ALL. I really loved the book, and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone. Even those without children. I think children will enjoy this book a lot because it doesn’t feel like its been watered down before being given to them. 

One thing that was very impressive to me was how well I got to know a character in the book that doesn’t speak until the last few chapters. Even with her lack of speech you get to know so much about her and her difficulties and strengths as a person. That is true for all the characters, speaking or not. 

Ok, last of all, I loved the book and would read it again, and I highly recommend that you check it out.  

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