Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Book Reviews: Magelica's Voyage and The Rescue by Louise Courey Nadeau

Magelica's Voyage, by Louise Courey Nadeau
2014, 48p, Children's Fantasy
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Magelica's Voyage is refreshing, new, fun, and inspiring. Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn't know where she came from or who she really is. But when she's transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination, gratitude, believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical. Did you notice that Magelica is wearing a Magical Feather Necklace? If you would like to own one and share in its positive energy and power please go to Magelica's website.

Also available in Spanish and French.

The first thing you notice about Magelica is that she has green hair and wings. A woman named Gri has raised her and told her that she was hatched from an egg. Magelica starts the story wondering who her parents are. She meets a wet fuzzy ball named Odin who takes her for a magical ride in her bathtub to help save the Isle of Dreams, an island on the back of a turtle, so they can find the missing Prince William. She meets Queen Raya, who is able to tell her a little more about herself and explains the power of her feather necklace.

This is a fun read! My 11-year-old daughter and I took turns reading it and we enjoyed it. It's a great introduction to a magical world. Magelica has plenty of questions which will hopefully be answered throughout the series. The illustrations are bright and fun. At the very end, there are a couple of pages which talk about what Magelica learned as she used her imagination, believed, opened her heart and trusted in love. There are questions which will help spark a discussion on those topics. We were excited to have the second book to start reading right away!

Magelica's Voyage: The Rescue, by Louise Courey Nadeau
2015, 49p, Children's Fantasy
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

When Magelica dreams of the prince lost on a deserted island, she realizes that it could lead to his rescue. She returns to the Isle of Dreams to tell Queen Raya what she knows. Can they save Prince Will before it's too late? Will the power of laughter and love be enough?

Magelica has returned home and dreams that Prince William is stranded on a deserted island. She knows she needs to help so she goes back to the Isle of Dreams to share what she knows and help bring the prince home.

I liked that she momentarily struggled to return to the Isle of Dreams. The cute, fuzzy, purple ball, Odin, meets her right away and takes her directly to the queen. She sees old friends and meets some new ones and has new adventures where she learns more about herself and this new world she's entered.

My 11-year-old daughter and I enjoyed reading this book, too! Even though she usually reads thicker, more involved books, we loved that we could easily finish a book together and we were both ready for more when it ended. The illustrations are bright and fun! We have a pet tortoise so we especially enjoyed the turtle pictures. Like the first book, this one has three pages at the end which discuss what Magelica learned: wonderful things can happen when she laughs, when she believes in herself and when she trusts that life will guide her. These lessons are valuable for children, teens and adults! We were sad when we finished that we didn't have the next book to read.

This was a great bonding experience for us. We also received feather necklaces that we enjoyed wearing while we read these books and which remind us to believe in the magic of life!

A marketing and advertising executive, a tireless fundraiser for many charities, a painter, gardener and mother to two daughters and two sons, Louise’s passions keep growing. Sensing the need to do more for young children in our challenging world and inspired by life itself, Louise created MAGELICA, a young girl with fairy blood and her own questions about life. In the first book of Magelica’s Voyage trilogy, Louise takes our winged heroine along with her fun and wacky friends to new worlds of magic and adventure, where the reader discovers the magic of life and the power of love and how faith in the unknown can create confidence and a sense of empowerment . More than a decade in the making and with new stories underway, Louise and MAGELICA intend to spread their magical feathers and create a bond with children and their caregivers around the globe. 


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