Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
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In the past I have found books by first-time authors to be at best a mixed bag, which makes me all the more excited to tell you that Millicent Marbleroller is a great read. Wayne Roseberry has conjured up a first-rate heroine in Millicent, and let her loose in a world full of unique touches, clever dialogue and a menace that strikes just the right balance between bumbling and threatening (perfect for the target age group). As an adult, I can say that I was never bored, and eager to find out what happens next. I can't wait until my kids grow up a bit, and I get a chance to read this to them, I'm sure they will enjoy it. I know I did!
If you are a fan of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory you will love this book. My daughter and I are picky when it comes to bedtime reading and we had a difficult time putting this one down. We both wanted to know "what happens next!". Millicent has everything we like in a book: atmosphere, a clever and curageous heroine, a nasty villian, an old mansion,secret passageways, a mystery to solve. The book is very imaginative and the imagery stays with you. We can't wait for more stories from Mr. Roseberry.
Newcomer Wayne Roseberry has the kind of imagination that makes me think of much loved stories like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Eccentric characters, quirky gadgetry and a mystery to be solved, all make it a fun ride.Millicent Marbleroller and the House of the Toymaker is the author's debut book for children. While it has a slow start in the first chapter and would benefit greatly with the help of an editor for some rather distracting errors, I still rate this book very highly for its pure sense of entertainment and story.It's nice to see a bright young girl as the heroine. Milicent is a loner and, unlike so many other children books these days, Wayne Roseberry does not bring in a slew of other children to follow some template of political correctness. This is a story about Millicent Marbleroller and her interactions with the adults in her life. It's clean and crisp without a lot of unrelated subplots.Not only is it visually appealing, but since the story hinges on Millicent's love of music, there is an auditory aspect that makes you want to see and hear this book come to life. It's the kind of book that would make a great film. Perhaps a screenplay is in Wayne Roseberry's future.His blog states that Millicent's adventures will actually be a triology. He is working on the sequel and if it's anything like the first, I expect it to be another visual treat.
I had a great time reading this with my daughter. It is really a perfect story for that age (she is 8), she loved it - even the part with the glass eye (which she thought was "gross" - but was clearly facinated with it too).So where is the sequel already?
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