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Kellie at Come-alive Cottage by [Unsworth, Wendy]
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Kellie at Come-alive Cottage Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in Come-alive Cottage (4 Book Series)

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Length: 54 pages Age Level: 5 - 9 Grade Level: K - 2
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About the Author

Wendy Unsworth was born and raised in Lincolnshire, England; her passions are her family, travel, beautiful gardens and reading and writing stories. Wendy lived in Ndola, Zambia and Nairobi, Kenya throughout the 1980's and early '90's before returning to the U.K. to acclimatise back to the English weather in a Cornish cottage close to Bodmin Moor! The African continent has left a lasting impression; The Palaver Tree, her first novel in the Berriwood series is set in a fictional Central African country and Cornwall. At present Wendy is working on the second Berriwood novel, Beneathwood, re-introducing cameo characters from The Palaver Tree and telling their own individual story. Wendy also enjoys writing for children. Kellie at Come-alive Cottage is a fun, read-aloud story introducing Kellie Culpepper and her very unusual family who include explorers, a very silly aunt and a witch that can't stop turning into a cat! The next in the series, Danger at Come-alive Cottage, will be out soon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15635 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FYQIVSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,050,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Kellie at Come-alive Cottage is a lighthearted children's story with funny names and adventures. While parents (who reminded me of those in Thornberrys) are off exploring, Kellie visits a relative with...well, quirky parts and funny things in her house. The author and artist obviously put a good amount of time and planning in this story that I think children will enjoy.

I give this book four stars and received a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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This is a wonderful, beautifully illustrated book that pleasantly surprises you page by page.

It is not just the plot that grabs you, although it does grip you tightly, it is also an array of other things. Fabulous drawings appear when you least expect them, unexpected jargon delights you, firstly because it’s cool, and secondly it’s refreshing and humorous. Father’s spindly legs are described as extremely skinny pins, and he was apparently a great harrumpher. Oh and Uncle Algernon’s trunk is very dusty.

Now whether this was intended as a hidden innuendo or not, the book did strike me as a pantomime in that it will be a clear winner with the children it sets out to attract, whilst amusing adults at the same time.

Anyway, on to the plot itself. The Culpeppers are intrepid explorers and their daughter, Kellie, is left behind with her aunt at Come-alive Cottage while they pop off on their latest adventure. Aunt Kittie is a witch, but not a very good witch. Her cottage is full of evidence to that fact. Her wonky spells have left a trail of havoc, and I got to thinking that she must have popped into my house at some stage, because there’s a myriad of faulty stuff in there.

Kellie at Come-alive Cottage is a book to be treasured, and I heartily recommend it, both to children and as a secret pleasure to adults.
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Format: Paperback
Kellie Culpepper goes to stay with her Aunt Kitty while her parents, who are explorers, head off to Africa to find the source of the Okiepokie river. Kellie has some wonderful and magical adventures of her own. And there are surprises every minute at Aunt Kitty’s house.

This is a richly imaginative book, filled with fabulous writing and the kind of laugh out loud quirky humour that both parents and children will enjoy. Frances Lee West’s charcoal and pencil illustrations complement the story beautifully. If my son was a wee lad again, I can see him giggling away at Kellie’s adventures, and this book remaining on the top of the story time pile for several months at least.

Even though I’m far too old to be reading books like this, I don’t mind admitting I enjoyed it immensely.

A full and well-deserved five stars.

I received a free copy for an honest non-reciprocal review.
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A nice and funny story. Author has a really vivid imagination! Be ready to be surprised in every sentence! For me there are even too many adventures:)
I'll translate the story to my daughter who doesn't read English and maybe update the review then. As for myself, I give four stars, not five, because I was amused, yes, but not overexcited with the plot, characters, and pictures, but maybe my daughter will be.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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Format: Paperback
This is a fun, smart book that I'm sure will delight young readers. It's full of oddities, silly illustrations and fun fonts. It plays with the absurd but in a way that doesn't feel forced. I would recommend this book for second and third graders, even fourth graders. It is equally enjoyable for older readers, that, like me, still believe in magic.

This is Mrs. Unsworth's first book for children but I have a feeling that we'll be hearing a lot more of Kellie and her fantastic adventures.
To read my complete review go to my blog [...]
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I was reading along, getting to know Kellie, and WHOOSH! another fun thing happened. Kellie Culpepper, who comes from a long line of explorers, goes to stay with her Aunt Kitty while her parents go exploring. Aunt Kitty turns out to be somewhat unpredictable, and more than a little magical. This is a great lap book, with fun sounds and rhythms, unexpected events, and great illustrations. Highly recommended.
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