L. Avery Brown
on Dec. 10, 2013 :
This review originally appeared on The Magnolia Blossom Review, a site owned and maintained by L. Avery Brown. Bud Scott has graciously agreed to allow L. Avery Brown to post the review on his behalf here at Smashwords.
And Now for the Review...
Review Completed by Bud Scott
1. Book Title - 4 of 5
The title grabbed my attention because I wanted to know who Kimba was and why Kimba saved the world (also how).
2. Book Cover - 3 of 5
The cover made me think that a giant cat was going to save the world. Covers can be tricky and art is very subjective.
3. First 500... - 8 of 10
Discovering that some cats are actually an alien race and had some nefarious mission made me want to find out what it was and how it was dealt with.
4. Blurb Effectiveness - 10 of 10
The blurb was concise and hit all of the high point of the story line without giving too much away.
5. Age Recommendation/Genre Classification - 10 of 10
I think the age classification and the genre were also on the money. The length may seem daunting to some middle-schoolers, ( in this age of tweets and text messages),but I think it's appropriate.
6. Presentation/Format - 10 of 10
The format was consistent throughout the book, I had no trouble understanding who was speaking.
7. Theme/Originality - 8 of 10
I thought the theme was original, although the author states that, "My mother is a huge science fiction fan. Many, many years ago, she read a story where the house cats were actually aliens who communicate with their mother-ship through mirrors." I reminded me a bit of Watership Down, due to the fact that the main character were intelligent animals.
8. Description/Enhancement - 8 of 10
I feel the author use of descriptive language was appropriate for the intended age group. I think that cats might have been more distracted by the smells of cooking, and this never really came into play.
9. Intrigue - 8 of 10
The book was interesting, (although the "invasion" was quite vague), it did keep me going till the end.
10. Grammar/Mechanics - 10 of 10
I thought the grammar and mechanics were perfect. Kudos to the editors and proof-readers.
11. Overall Impression - 9 of 10
I did enjoy the book and will recommend it to one of the library media specialist at a middle school where I work periodically. I'm an animal lover and have had cats, dogs, gerbils, and parakeets from time to time. The author was able to get a lot of the personality of the cats to shine through.
The Bestowing of the Blossoms...
It certainly looks like Meg Dendler's book 'Why Kimba Saved the World' was the cat's meow for reviewer Bud Scott as it earned a total of 88 out of 100 points giving it a very strong 4.85 (and a wee little bit more) blossom rating. However, for Smashwords, The MBR has rounded that number up to 5! That's an exceptional thing to say about a book that, because it wasn't actually written for the 'older' set so to say, kept the attention of the reviewer well enough that he not only has said he'll recommend it to others and that he was able to see the personalities of the cats shine through. We are so pleased that Meg asked The MBR to review her book, Why Kimba Saved the World and hope that you, Kind Reader, will check it out for yourself - especially if you know of a child who might enjoy it. What's more - perhaps you could get a copy and donate it to your local school's library! Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to not only spread the love for reading to our youth but also to shine a bright light on a terrific writer for an age group that is in sore need of some quality, high interest books!
(review of free book)