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1: Thora Paperback – Illustrated, 14 Apr 2005
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She has the magic touch of a good storyteller (Newbury Weekly News)
Full of unexpectedness (The Sunday Times)
A charming story ... a host of quirky and colourful characters ... Johnson writes with wit and imagination, interspersing the story with her own illustrations (Write Away)
Young people will slide easily into this fantasy world and follow the fast paced action packed adventures (Bookfest)
A wonderfully vivacious book (The Northern Echo)
A funny and fast-paced fantasy that you'll want to read again and again (BBC.co.uk)
Johnson's writing is witty and inventive ... This is a book full of fun (Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week)
Thora is an irresistible new character ... storytelling at its best. (Starred review, Publishing News)
An attractively illustrated and uplifting story (TES)
Thora is a thoroughly modern heroine in a fantasy adventure story with a pleasantly old-fashioned feel to it ... Gillian Johnson's own illustrations add to the book's charm. (Books for Keeps)
Mermaids ahoy! - a gorgeous, off-beat, funny, exciting story that will enchant all who read it.See all Product description
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By Isobel Fisher aged 10 years and 11 months.
The main character is Thora. I think it is a brilliant book because the author wrote the book in the way a child would. This is because it had spelling mistakes. The book wasn't just normal everyday things, Thora got up to adventures. I think it is not so normal because Thora is half mermaid because her mother is a mermaid. the book is quite funny because Thora gets muddled up on some words and her guardian doesn't even mind , he just helps her. I think other people would enjoy this book.
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But the worst part came while reading this book aloud to an 8 yo I was stopped in my tracks on pages 112 which says that "The Sisters had boyfriends, although never anything very serious. They always intended to get married but somehow never got around to it." and on page 113 where we learn that "It was Dottie's announcement that she was going to have a baby that changed everything. While the unexpected news was received by the sisters with surprising calm, the people of Grimli were a little less accepting." For God's sake do we need to be reading books to 8-10 year olds with story lines based on sex-and-babies-out-of-wedlock? Very, very off-putting.
My daughter believes in mermaids and the magic of knowing or becoming one, so this was the perfect book for her. She loved the plot and giggled at the whimsical humor that runs throughout the story. She insisted on showing us all the cute and funny pictures. It is now her FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME (and she has read a lot of books). She shared her book with other girls in their bookclub- and they all loved it too. Our only problem was that we couldn't find it for a while. Now that we know it is here at Amazon, we will tell all our friends. I am looking forward to giving her the sequel for her birthday.
Thank you Gillian Johnson for writing such a wonderful book!