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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut by Paul Nowak

Publisher: Eternal Revolution
Pages: 64

From the Cover: With Uncle Chestnut, the ordinary becomes extraordinary and every day is an adventure - whether you are chasing hats, babysitting, or just taking a day trip to the seaside. These humorous short stories of Uncle Chestnut introduce timeless truths and a refreshing perspective of the world, based on the life and works of G.K. Chesterton.

Told through the eyes of his fictional nephew Jack, The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut introduces readers young and old to the writings of G.K. Chesterton, the British author whose prolific writing inspired C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Alfred Hitchcock, and others.

There are several endearing tales told from the perspective of young Jack throughout this collection of shorts. There's The Runaway Hat - Jack chases down Uncle Chestnut's wayward hat on a blustery day, The Boy Who Wanted To See Gaint - fable of the boy whose mountain is protected by giants, but you can only see them when looking back, A Trip To The Seaside - adventures of the wrong train and wrong shore, and The Easy Job - never think a job is easy until after you've tried on their shoes and walked around in them.

The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut by Paul Nowak was a quick little read that reminded me of Christopher Robin and his many adventures with Winne the Pooh and the morals offer in Aesop's Fables. It was fun and quite enjoyable. Jack is an adventurous young man who's parents travel from place to place, and while Jack accompanies them as much as possible, Uncle Chestnut is called into the service time and time again. Uncle Chestnut always has a tale ready to be told to entertain the young Jack and his friend, Christie, who appears to be quite the know it all. While Jack is home schooled, Christie attends public schools and is influence greatly by the teachers and peers. Although this book was billed as a children's book, I would recommend this as adult reading time with children. An excellent way to explore the tales and gain time with the young ones, it could also be considered YA. Paul Nowak can be visited at his website.

This little book has a wonderful glossary of terms used in the back as well as some pretty cute quotes from Uncle Chestnut who is in actuality G. K. Chesterson who was renown English writer from the 19th and early 20th century, but undated somewhat for the palette of new readers. He was a philosopher and writer who not only was published in newspapers, but was the author of several works of fiction as well.



I received my copy as a request for review.

6 comments:

Blanche said...

Hi Dottie!!

How neat! Sounds like a fun book!! :)

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Dottie,
This was sure different. I have not heard of it. Sounds nice. Good review on something that short

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Blanche!

I've received several of these little books that I've read quickly and will be posting reviews, they all had some magically qualities.

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

This was a requested review, but the stories are more complex than they see and each attempts to teach a moral or value. Interesting.

Dottie :)

Sheila said...

Thanks for posting the Alvor contest here - I am so excited for this book and cant wait to read my copy!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Sheila!

The book looks fantastic, I love the cover art, I was sold just with that!

Good luck spreading the word, I also posted this book on twitter.

Dottie :)

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