The Brimstone Forest (英语) 平装 – 2012年8月23日
Ngaire Elder, author of The Adventures of Cecilia Spark novels, is a natural storyteller whose love of animals is reflected in her work. Ngaire was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, where she spent most of her childhood playing with her brother and her imaginary friends. As a child, she wrote plays, just for fun, but it would be years before her first book was ultimately published. After college and university, Ngaire embarked on a career in the health and safety sector. As a Health and Safety Advisor, she was instrumental in implementing health and safety laws in the workplace. After meeting her husband, she chose a new occupation, and became a full-time wife and mother. In the past decade, Ngaire has managed to balance a writing career and family commitments. She has participated in reading events at primary schools in County Derry, Northern Ireland, Seeley Primary School, Sherwood, and celebrated World Book Day 2014 with the pupils at St Anthony's College, Spain. Ngaire has taught English to young children participating in the Spanish school system's extracurricular activity programme. She has been interviewed extensively by European and American bloggers, and her work has been featured in Indie Author News, British Indie Fiction, Inkspokes, the Coleraine Times, and The Nottingham Post. Ngaire is a passionate supporter of horse rescue, having volunteered in a rescue center in southern Spain. She is actively involved in fund raisers supporting not only local rescue centers, but also for international programs, such as saving the wild mustangs in the Pryor Mountain range in Montana. Ngaire resides in Spain with her husband and four children.
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I also really liked the elements of fantasy woven into the story and the creative names that the author bestowed on some of her characters. For instance the bad witch named Trixa, the dragon named Jinxi, the talking mouse named Soldier and the "Thingamabob" which turned out to be a good witch named Senorita Favorita. This book is full of creativity and imagination, aspects which are sure to delight young readers. The illustrations are simple black & white drawings, but they are very well-done and definitely add visual delight to the storyline. I would definitely recommend this book for grades K-3 (although kindergartners and first graders might still need some help reading it).
Cecilia Spark likes bugs. She is an adventurer that takes to her back yard to discover what new species are crawling or flying around. But who knows what she may meet and discover when she herself is caught and flown to the Brimstone Forest! Witches, dragons even some pretty neat butterflies...all live in the Brimstone Forest and they are so cool, she just doesn't want to leave. Tricky part is, how does she get home when she wants to?
A great story for Young Readers of any age! I can't wait to see what Cecilia gets up to next!
The author used great names for all characters, places, and items. I also love how much of a tomboy Cecilia is. I was also a tomboy when I was young. I didn't go on any creepy crawly searches, but I especially like the encounter with the snapdragon plants. As a child, snapdragons were so much fun to play with.
I look forward to reading the next book, and will. Well done, Ngaire!
Rebecca Scarberry (Scarberryfields on Twitter)
Cecilia, a ten year adventuress finds herself a friend while collaborating to escape and survive the many dangers of The Brimstone Forest.
I loved the references made in here to the snapdragons as it brings fond memories back of when my mom used to say "snapdragon" when she forgot something as I was growing up.
I loved the imagery presented by the author. The book was easy to read and I was easily able to relate to Cecilia!
This is a wonderful children's book which needs to grace the bookshelves in your home and read often to your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews alike!