Recently, I’ve had the great pleasure of reading a charming book writtenfor children but with a deeper message that can apply to us all; regardless of age. Edward Mark Fitzgerald’s first children’s book, a tale called “The Adventures of Wilbur Burrows” in his “The Last Fairy Tales” series, is one I’ve been looking forward to for a while and it did not disappoint.
Beautifully illustrated, the book tells the story of Wilbur Burrows, a mole who must leave the safety of his home underneath the ground in search for food. The outside world is not as warm and cosy as his home, and he discovers that not all is happy and light out there for someone who doesn’t quite fit in outside of their own environment. It definitely spoke to the younger me who dealt a lot with being bullied and not fitting in for the simple reason of being different, and for this reason I feel that it is a fantastic read for older children who may be encountering the same kind of things in their own day to day lives. Wilbur’s spirit throughout the book does not waver against the adversity he faces and so I did find myself cheering him on as the book progressed.
As a children’s story, I found this to be more appropriate for an older age bracket of about 8 and above due to some of the language used (difficulty, nothing inappropriate). The imagery summoned in the words works well with the beautiful pictures accompanying the text, and the rhyming added a level of charm to it.
I’d recommend this book to anyone whose child feels a little bit different from the other kids (and sure, aren’t we all?), as it’s a great message, and would make a great story to read together. It’s currently available to order on Amazon in print and kindle copies here. The print copies are retailing at 7.50, the Kindle versions a little cheaper at 3.23. You can also check out an excerpt on Edward Fitzgerald’s website using this link.
I’ve got a signed copy of “The Adventures of Wilbur Burrows” to give away to one lucky reader. If you’re interested in checking out the first of the “The Last Fairy Tales” series, check out the giveaway below!
I was not paid for this book review, it wasmerely a book by a local author that I came across and really liked, so decided to pass the message on!