The Enchanted Book
By Kelvin O'Ralph
Kindle Edition No Longer Available
Product Description (from Amazon)
This is a simple retelling of the old Cinderella tale with a distinct twist. The hero of the story is a young man named Jimmy. He lives with his stepfather and twin stepbrothers. He works two jobs for his stepfather, and if he is very good and helpful and obedient, then he is allowed to go to high school. His dream is to attend a good college, so his stepfather uses this to get Jimmy to do every sort of distasteful and mundane chore of the household. ... You know the story.
Another twist is that the fairy godmother is a book. A magical book that shines when it wants to talk to Jimmy. It use to belong to his mother, but has been hidden in the basement. Jimmy is sent to the basement and while trying to find what he is sent for in the dark, he discovers this book, rescues it out of curiosity and hides it in his room.
Once he reaches school, the most beautiful girl in the world has transferred to the high school – Michelle. Every boy in the school is transfixed with awe. Jimmy doesn’t stand a chance.
At only 100 pages, the action in this story keeps moving at a pretty quick pace, but still takes the time to develop the characters enough so that you are rooting for Jimmy (even if he does cry a lot and is scared to death of his stepfather) and hoping that the twins and their father lose out on their free servant. George holds Jimmy’s future in his grubby hands with glee and threatens to shatter it with any infraction, mostly imaginary or outright lies from the twins.
Things go from bad to worse when the twins decide to have the party of all parties while their father is away, and Jimmy finds himself in the worst situation possible. He is sure this is the end ...
What a fun little book this was to read, and while there are some minor editing issues that may irritate some people, most young teens will completely enjoy all of the very Cinderella parts of the story enacted as a boy. Ummm ... no ... Jimmy doesn’t ask for a ball gown, and there is no pumpkin, sorry to disappoint.
If you have any love of fairy tales or enchanted princesses (or princes), this is fun read. Jimmy may appear a bit sissified, but he is really very honest and kind hearted. Some may find Jimmy to be a whiner as well. I could see this being picked up as a movie someday.
This story would likely be enjoyed best by young teen girls, and anyone who enjoys fairy tales and legends.
O.Scarlett! REVIEW by Kendra
Profanity: LOW - few mildly offensive words (usually from the stepfather and stepbrothers)