Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Louella Dizon San Juan
“It would have been just as easy for me to have taken the girls in their sleep. But instead someone wanted them to be this size, in this realm, to run free among us. It could have easily been anyone who knew the spell –“ Minacrist explains in Louella Dizon San Juan’s novel, The Crowded Kingdom.
At one hundred and eighty pages, this paperback book is targeted toward elementary school aged children and might be a good choice for reading one chapter a night at bedtime if the parent allows fantasy, magic, and sorcery topics for their children to read. With no profanity, sex scenes, or extreme violence, the book does contain elves, goblins, gremlins, crystals, magical healing stones, and mysticism in, above, and under the streets of New York. Almost every chapter includes a sophomoric colored pencil drawing with two photographs of New York’s Grand Central Station.
Jada and her younger sister, Jinny, are at Central Park when they happen upon a magic glowing rock. Minutes later a flying swan glides over them, dusting them with a fine powder that makes them mysteriously pass out and shrink to miniature little girls.
Waking up, they find themselves falling down a drainage hole and meeting two elves, Aress and Kiwi, who lead them through underground tunnels of New York. Kiwi, who belongs to the clan of Blooming Dale, takes them to the New York Public Library where Jinny gets stuck in a librarian’s sweater. Protected by salt, candles, and wrought iron, Jinny is safe at the librarian’s home where her sister and the two elves find her later.
But not all is peace and calmness when Minacrist, the She of Dark Magic, meets the two tiny sisters who think she wants to make them her slaves or fatten them up to be eaten. Through Minacrist and the elves, the girls meet trolls, gremlins, Rosettia the Fairy Queen, sylphs, a red-tailed hawk, the evil Xalfid, and Ythracite as they learn of their magnetic powers.
Going back and forth to the world of miniatures, Jada and Jinny must choose between good and evil, as well as light and darkness, as spells are cast, magic is performed, and they turn into heroines. With a plethora of characters, some readers may find the book complicated and challenging while others who like fantasy find the tiny mystical world magical.
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