He has this wonderful way of pulling the reader in so they can envision everything.
I even read several sections of this book to my girls and they loved it too. They had a ball learning about the cat-shaped time machine, the intelligent main character, Jack, as well as the various people he met along his adventure. His tough female friend, Emily was also a plus since the Scribe practically said a prayer wishing to be as brave as Emily is.
"You should have named me Emily," she said later.
"Why?" I asked.
"Because now I really like that name."
The Hippie jumped into our conversation then. "Mama, could I make one of those time machines too? I'm sure I could have an adventure."
"Well . . . you can try," I said and she smiled so big you wouldn't believe it.
But I think one of my very favorite things about the book, is the fact that I've been reading Pat's blog for awhile, and this book had so much of him weaved into the plot and even the characters. I LOVED that the time machine was shaped like a cat. And other references you'd easily catch if you read his blog.
I also enjoyed reading how mysterious the new setting became once Jack used the time machine to escape his own death. It was almost a mystery at points, and that's what kept me reading so quickly. You will love the heroes/heroine in this book and hate the villains.
This is a great read to just sit back and enjoy. The ending came full circle, but still makes you curious about what will happen next. I can't wait to tell my nephew about this book!
Please check out Pat's blog if you have a chance:
This is one of my favorite posts he's written:
Thanks, Pat for letting me read this fun book!
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