May 22, 2012

Review ~ Unlocking the Poet's Realm

Unlocking the Poet's Realm 
by Matt Wiebusch

Discover the Magical World Where Animals Run the Planet.

Life in the seventh grade isn't easy for Minnie. She's ignored by her parents and picked on and bullied by other kids in her class. Then one day, she discovers a magic box that transports her to another land, far off in the future. Called Buval, this place is filled with giant juvenile bees, magical and mystical apes, vicious monsters and other bizarre and cunning creatures. But this is no pleasure trip. The animals that have dominion over this land have brought her here for one very specific reason: to save their world from an evil presence that intends to destroy all that is good.

Now, armed only with her wits and a cryptic poem setting out her task, Minnie embarks on a treacherous journey across a strange land that's teeming with wicked beasts and danger at every turn.

Can Minnie discover the confidence and belief in herself that she requires to fulfill such a quest? How she copes with every situation could mean the survival or downfall of the animals' world¾and of her own.

See if YOU can uncover the riddles of the poem before Minnie, revealing where she must go and what she must do next.

Filled with adventure and mystery, "Unlocking the Poet's Realm" will keep you guessing until the gripping climax.

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Below is the trailer to "Unlocking the Poet's Realm".

My Review
What a great fantasy adventure for middle grade age kids.  The story is well-written and easy to follow.  I can relate to poor Minnie being bullied at school, and she intrigued me right from the start.  I loved reading along as she faced test after test, and danger after danger only to grow stronger and more self-confident with each and every struggle.
This book is one of adventure, fantasy, belief in your own abilites and learning to use your strengths to continue to grow and be the person you can be.  I loved the moral lessons of the story as well as the adventure that Minnie was on.  The characters she met along the way were fascinating and endearing, and at times aggravating as well.
I can see this being a big hit with ages 10 and up.  The only thing I personally did not like is the use of the word: "numbnut"  as it is a word I would not want my children to use.  I know that it is meant as "not using your brain" but in my kids school, as with most harmless words, it has been used in not so nice ways.  But I believe it was only used 2 times, AND in good taste. Other than that small personal dislike, I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it to any child who loves a good adventure or could use a lesson in how to see their potential, utilize their strengths and use their brains to work out problems!  Great book!

*I received a free copy of this book from the author for this review.  All reviews are my personal opinion.  See my FTC disclosure for more info.


  1. Great review! I have this book on my wishlist and your review makes me want to read it even more:)

  2. Great fantasy book for kids. good review!!


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