Review of Eagle Vs. Bear: Adventures of a Child Cub
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Emile Millar
Illustrated by Blayne Fox
Ages 7-12 | 132 Pages
Publisher: EvB Media | ISBN-13: 978-1734021400
What to Expect: Animals, Freedom, Teamwork, Adventure, Fantasy, and Music
Eagle vs. Bear: Adventures of a Child Cub is a five-chapter story that is the perfect gateway between early readers’ books and novels. An original rock song is paired with each chapter, also making this an immersive and interactive experience that will strongly appeal to young readers.
Set in the Forest Kingdom and lustrously illustrated throughout, the Bear Tribe seeks freedom from their enslavement to the Eagle Tribe, who have held power over them for many moons. Marked on the wall of Elder Cave is a prophecy of The One True Bear. The bears believe this prophecy of a chosen one who will bring freedom and peace to the forest. When Outspoken Bear, believed to be the one, is lost to the stars, Child Cub, his son, must take to the forest with his mother for safety. Who will bring freedom and peace to The Forest Kingdom?
Author Emile Millar and illustrator Blayne Fox have created a dynamic, interactive, and compelling tale of good vs. evil. The animal characters are well developed and wholly believable—watching Child Cub grow into Bear Cub is a moving coming of age tale that centers on finding one’s way. Readers get a good look at bravery through Child Cub’s perseverance and determination to move forward and make change even when things get hard. The playfulness between the young Child Cub and Kindred Cub as they train in river games with Outspoken Bear in the first chapter enriches their connection when the going gets tough, setting them up well for what the forest and future hold for them.
The artwork is rich in natural colors that lure the reader deep into the storytelling. The lush scenery and detailed pictures give motion to the animals and landscape, right down to their fur and feathers and the trees’ pine needles. A map included in the end pages offers readers an overview and deeper understanding of this well-built world.
With just the right amount of intensity for the intended audience of ages 8-12, Eagle vs. Bear: Adventures of a Child Cub tells an incredible and timeless story that embraces freedom and peace for all. Highly recommended, especially for fans of The Lion King and The Jungle Book!
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About the Author
Emile Millar is a songwriter and producer whose music has been featured in dozens of films and television shows, including Marvel’s “The Avengers,” NBC’s “Parenthood,” Fox Searchlight Pictures “Waitress,” and many others. In the winter of 2013, Emile teamed up with friend and fellow musician Dancing Eagle to cut 5 songs that would eventually become the soundtrack and storyline for Eagle vs. Bear–his first book. Emile writes from the heart, creating stories and music his audience can feel. By combining storytelling, music, and thoughtful technology, he engages children’s natural curiosity and is opening new doors for educators. Emile lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California, where he continues to write, produce, and teach music.
About the Illustrator
Midwestern resident Blayne Fox grew up romping through the Missouri woodlands, letting her imagination take flight creating magical kingdoms and creatures wherever she went. Predominantly self-taught, she plunged into her industry after college, working for clients like DiscoveryChannel and National Geographic Kids. Blayne continues to illustrate children’s books, especially stories that have to do with animals and adventures.
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