Tales of the Dark Forest: Whizzard!

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9781405650656: Tales of the Dark Forest: Whizzard!
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Grade 3-6–The plot in this fast-paced, humorous fantasy by British author Steve Barlow moves quickly and neatly from one adventure to the next as Tym gets into and tries to get out of one mess after another. While avoiding his chores, Tym meets the Dream Walker who teaches him to make a potion that allows him to move extra quickly, thus becoming a Whizzard. Tym meets many familiar fairy tale characters through his travels, such as the bear family from Goldilocks and the Three Bears. He also encounters a number of colorful characters, such as Captain Lisa, the pirate who makes her crew of men brush their teeth and carry clean hankies. So much of the story is spent on the action of the plot and the introduction of the host of characters, that there is little room for Tym's development. Listeners only get a glimpse of his motives in his dreams with the Dream Walker, who is somewhat of a father figure that guides Tym to his new career as a messenger between cities. BBC radio actor Graham Seed has the perfect voice for narrating the tale, nimbly changing his voice for each character–Tym's voice is a bit high and dreamy while the Dream Walker sounds wise and noble with a deeper voice. This sequel to Goodknyght! is an enjoyable tale.–Cynthia Grabke, Thayer Public Library, Braintree, MA
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