The Silver Rings by Samuel Valentino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Source: Netgalley review copy
Meet twin sisters,
Celia and Alice, whose bid for freedom from their evil stepmother leads
them on a hilarious journey through a world of fantasy and imagination.
Join the sisters as they encounter a sarcastic fairy godmother, giants,
charming princes, an overly dramatic fox, and more! Readers will
recognize familiar themes from their favorite tales and read new ones
taken from cultures around the world. Author and illustrator Samuel
Valentino has cleverly woven together a delightful fairy tale that
teaches us resilience and creative thinking pay off in the end.
This was fun in a fairy-tale like way. I started off reading it to my husband and sons while we sat around the campfire on a camping trip. Even though the main characters were girls, and my boys usually want nothing to do with that, they were quite interested in the story. My husband even enjoyed listening to it, and he's not a reader.
But then we had no more campfire time, and I finished it off myself. I will probably finish reading it to them in the future, though. I think this book is definitely aimed more at children with a short attention span, because there really just wasn't a whole lot to it. It moved very quickly, with no real danger to it. Which is perfectly fine for a children's book.
The main characters (twin girls) were fine, but I honestly had no idea who was who. There just wasn't a whole lot of character building, or character distinction between the sisters.
The illustrations looked like they would be a lot of fun and add to the story, but they didn't work well with my Kindle. They were spread out over three or four kindle pages, which made them not at all as fun to look at.
This had a very Disney movie type feel to it, for me. I could see it playing out as a fun children's movie, and it's a fun read aloud book for the family, but don't go into it expecting great literature.