Tuesday, March 16, 2010

MG/YA Review: Winnitok Tales: The Hunt For The Eye Of Ogin

Book Summary:
(from the website)
Elwood Pitch is only thirteen years old when he is carried away to the land of Winnitok, in the otherworld of Ehm. Desperate to find a way back home to his family, Elwood’s one hope is Granashon, the land’s immortal protector. But Granashon is missing, and her power that protects Winnitok is fading fast. When Elwood dreams of the Eye of Ogin, a legendary object with the power to see Granashon wherever she might be, he vows to find it. With his dog Slukee and two newfound companions, Drallah Wehr of Winnitok and her talking raven Booj, Elwood sets out on an epic quest.

Legend states that the Eye was lost in the Great Swamp of Migdowsh, a land of nightmare ruled by a horrible frog demon known as the Otguk. The Great Swamp is far to the west, and a vast wilderness lies between the companions and their goal. Many dangers threaten them along the way—hungry nahrwucks, cruel green yugs and their Graycloak masters, a despotic girl queen and the powerful witch who counsels her—but by their wits and courage, as well as an unseen hand that seems to guide and protect them, the companions reach the Great Swamp at last. And then their troubles really begin…
Will they find the Eye and Granashon? Will Elwood find a way home? And how will he live with the terrible truth the Great Swamp reveals to him? Patrick Doud brings memorable characters, poetic language, and a driving narrative to this timeless tale that recalls classic epic adventure stories.
My Review:
I really liked this one! I think fans of stories such as 'The Spiderwick Chronicles', 'Lemony Snicket', and the like will enjoy this book. It's a story of a young boy transported to a new land filled with fantastical people and creatures. Elwood (the main character) must go through many trials to save the great land of Winnitok.
The authors ability to help you visualize the scenes with his descriptive passages is wonderful. It's just enough to make your imagination work, but not overly done as to make you bored.
I'd also like to point out that the different people and creatures are explained simply as they are introduced. I don't like fantasies that I have to take notes to keep characters straight. I especially think this is important in MG/YA novels when your target audience can easily get bored or frustrated. This book won big points with me because of it's ease of understanding.
I thoroughly enjoyed this adventurous and magical tale. I'd recommend it to young and old alike. I'll take it a step further and say that maybe those reluctant boy readers would enjoy this one!
I am looking forward to more tales from the Land of Winnitok!
If you want more info you can check out the website which is really neat!
** This book was provided by North Atlantic Books


  1. Great peek inside this book...it's next in my TBR so thanks for keeping it spoiler-ish free! Happy reading! =0)

  2. No really my kind of book but...

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