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The Other Side of Yore Paperback – Large Print, 27 Jan 2007
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...The Other Side of Yore is an enchanting adventure story about Frawg's journey with his friends into Mudgunkland to save the world of Terramore from destruction by Cobraxas, king snake. All the flowers are dying, poisoned by the green smoke from the dark swamps, and the good King's daughter, Princess Lilypad, has fallen into a deep sleep.
Included in this story are thirteen artfully illustrated drawings by Kenny Savage, plus poems, riddles and songs to delight children of all ages.
It is a delightful story-well-edited and designed-which I'm sure children will enjoy. Joseph Layden has been writing professionally for over ten years as a freelance journalist. The Other Side of Yore is his debut children's fantasy novel, and I wish he and Kenny much success in their creative efforts. -- Kaye Trout (Midwest Book Reviews)
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This delightful tale follows herbalist Frawg Findig on his adventures. The opening chapter sees Frawg and a dragonfly named Buzz, befriend each other on the waters of Terramore. As they decide to team up together in search of dandelions needed for the people of the land, they soon learn that everywhere is completely out of these precious flowers. Even Frogtown is suffering.
It is only when Dr Croaks informs them that King Bog's daughter, Princess Lily Pad, has been taken ill and is in a deep sleep that all three recognize something more sinister is afoot. Called to meet with King Bog, Dr Croaks travels there with the newly acquainted friends in Frawg's tortoiseshell boat.
During the journey Frawg decides to stop at the side of the river to try and collect some magical pollen from a flower named The Hua Flower. It claims to help frogs become stronger and Frawg is sure this pollen can help the three with their quest.
Later, when they arrive at the Palace, Bog tells Frawg and Dr Croaks that in order to wake the sleeping Princess they will have to travel to Mudgunkland. Here they will have to rid this land from deadly snakes and the poisonous green smoke that is rising from the swamps and killing off the flowers. Can Frawg be a brave and victorious hero and help to rouse the Princess? There is only one way to find out. Follow these explorers and discover more.Read more ›
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The story is a quest story whose setting is the world of Terramore. This world is inhabited by a wonderful assortment of creatures, from toads, to frogs to foxes, snakes, lizards, insects of all sorts and some critters I am not real sure about. Our hero, Frawg Findig III, a very special frog in many ways, finds himself caught up in an adventure, an adventure, which must be had in order to save their world. We already have plenty of plot summaries here, so I will not dwell on that further.
The book is quite well written. J. Lynon Layden's prose approaches lyrical at times here, and once you catch on to his syntax, you will find it delightful. His imagination has created and entire world, an alien world to be sure, yet one that is not as alien as you might think at first glance...it is all around us. For such a short story, his character development is quite remarkable and he is able to convey the characteristics of his characters using very few, but very effective words. I like that. The poetry sprinkled here and there throughout the book is absolutely delightful, some being more song than poetry.
The illustrations by Kenny Savage are in black and white and are quite effective and detailed. They are actually a delight to the eye. I would have liked to have seen them in color as I feel they would have been beautiful, but suspect this would have been cost prohibitive in the production of the book.
As a retired person, needing something to keep me from being underfoot all the time, I do a tremendous amount of substitute teaching at local school. I took this book with me and "forced" a number of the young folks to read at least the first two chapters, and indeed read them to the entire class on several occasions. There was not one student that did not want more. This of course is the ultimate test for this genre...do the kids like it and will they read it. If response here is any indication, the answer is a yes for this book.
I do hope we get more of Frawg from this author and this illustrator. This work is a joy to read but it does leave you with wanting more. Highly recommend this one.