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The Cloud Children is a fantasy story for I’d say younger children. We meet brother and sister Simon and Katie and they are quickly whisked away on a cloud to start their year of adventures as Cloud Children. I found that everything moved quite quickly at the beginning, and I think there is some room for more detail early on, I would have liked to know more about Simon and Katie and their personalities as the story started.
The interesting quirk to this storyline is that the siblings are chosen to serve as Cloud Children for a year, but when they arrive back home no time has passed at all (think Peter Pan but time stops so the parents can’t miss them?). I think that this has been included in the storyline as a reassurance for younger readers about Simon and Katie disappearing for a year of adventures.
Part of their role as Cloud Children is to travel the world and help people. I think that this aspect of the novel is nice and allows for morals to be integrated into the story. There are also illustrations dotted throughout the book which I thought were a nice touch.
In all, I think it is a nice adventure story. It’s a chapter book, although the chapters are quite short and I think that the story itself would appeal most to younger readers. Perhaps this is a book for readers looking to gain their independence, with some support from a parent or teacher.
When Simon and Katie are playing in the field near their home one day, they see a large cloud floating overhead. When they notice a boy looking down at them and waving, they can't quite believe their eyes. Things become even more unbelievable when he floats down to them in a cloud basket and tells them that they have been chosen to be Cloud Children who can travel the world and help people in difficulty. They would come home with new friends, new experiences and even a pet dog. This is the story of their adventures.
|Publication date:||15th February 2021|
|Publisher:||The Choir Press|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers, Indie Author Books|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories, Science Fiction|
James Thurlby was born in Sheffield, UK in 1920 where he grew up and attended the local grammar school. After his father died, he moved to Rotherham where he worked as a reporter on the local newspaper until the start of the war in 1939. In 1948 James and his wife moved to Dublin where he took up a post as reporter on the Irish Times and enrolled at Trinity College to read Philosophy where he graduated in 1952. Returning to the UK in 1954 James took up a post in the Public Relations Department of ICI in London and they settled in Surrey where ...More About James Thurlby
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