Book Review of Mr. Moonbeam and the Halloween Crystal
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Ryan Cowan
Illustrated by Halo Rife
Age Range: 8-12 | Page Count: 252
Publisher: For the Northern Star Publishing (2022) | ISBN-13: 9788351181905
What to Expect: Friendship, problem-solving, and positive thinking.
Bursting with colorful, magical detail, Mr. Moonbeam and the Halloween Crystal is an epic fantasy adventure of good versus evil.
Elliott may seem to be an ordinary boy struggling with typical third-grade problems, like how to write in cursive. What his classmates don’t know, though, is that Elliott is really a powerful enchanter from a secret world called Moonstone. What’s more, their teacher is too! Like Elliott, Mr. Moonbeam is more than he appears. With Halloween fast approaching, Elliott and Mr. Moonbeam have a significant challenge on their plates: they need to stop the evil witch Noir from invading the non-magical world they live in and bringing all kinds of evil creatures with him. But can Elliott master his powers soon enough to stop Noir from creating real Halloween terror?
Elliott is a likable and relatable main character, and the narration’s focus on his inner dialogue helps draw readers in as he develops from a slightly uncertain third grader into a hero. The story world is well-developed, with evocative descriptions of fantastic creatures, magical objects, and kooky characters. Best of all, important lessons are hidden beneath the magic of friendship, self-belief, and courage. Catchy dialogue and a good dose of humor make the story a joy to read aloud.
Mr. Moonbeam and the Halloween Crystal is a magical, mystical adventure, perfect for fans of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, or The Worst Witch.
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About the Author
Ryan Cowan grew up in a small town called Middleport, Ohio. He currently lives in Hawthorne, CA. A teacher with 20 years of experience, Ryan has taught all grades from K-6th. He currently works as an assistant principal in Los Angeles.
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