Alice Scovell Coleman
Illustrator: Anjale Renee Armand
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Read … Highly Recommended … 5 stars
There is tumult in the two castles
standing on opposite hills overlooking the valley. In the white
castle a great banquet is being prepared while in the gray everything
is being cleaned. Everyone has an invitation to the impending
marriage of Princess Elizabeth of Grancliff and Prince Edward
of Whitehill. Following the death of their parents and for the
common good of their subjects the young royals were betrothed
to marry before their sixteenth birthday. Unfortunately only
days before their common birthday the pair have no desire to
wed the other. They have nothing in common, and set out for Engravia
to find the engraver who has set the words ordering them to marry
in stone. The duo encounter many strange realms and obstacles
on their quest. In sleepy, gray Slothonia the pair meet King
Lstless and Edward must drag a snoozy Elizabeth from the land.
The red land of Eneria and Prince restless nearly undoes Prince
Edward. Gluttonia white with a dusting of flour finds the pair
dining with Queen Bottomless before they are pelted with rotting
fruit after Elizabeth engages Edward in a spirited dance to break
his trance. Princess Flawless of silver Vanitonia almost persuades
Elizabeth that appearance is most important. While in Utopia
both young royals nearly fall under the spell of Prince Peerless
and his sister Princess Matchless. While wandering in the Engravia
sculpture garden the pair come to understand a basic truth: Sometimes
we undervalue the treasures we have. The trip back to their own
kingdoms and the words engraved in stone reveal other ideals
Appearances can be deceiving and Money can't buy happiness take
on new meaning. Beauty is only skin deep and Man does not live
by bread alone become clear. Edward notes Life is a balance between
work and play, too much of either will drive joy away and He
who hesitates is lost.
On the pages of "Engraved
in Stone" Writer Coleman offers an agreeable read written
in whimsical style, filled with singular characters, engaging
arenas, interesting dialog and just plain fun. Coleman's unique
narrative is fast paced, peopled with quirky characters, plays
on words and enjoyable settings. Rigorous, formidable tasks,
peril and conflict abound on every hand in this fairy tale style
fantasy. Coleman adroitly handles each hazard with deft wit.
Illustrator Armand's unconventional sketches scattered throughout
the work will have enormous appeal to the readers while the eloquent
vocabulary offers a challenge to younger and older readers in
the target audience alike. Those in the 12-14 year old set will
enjoy having big words to astound their friends, the younger
kids in the 9-11 group will have great fun playing with the words
of mediaeval times so common to fantasy works. Definitions of
many of the less common or more difficult words used in the tale
are found in the bottom margin of the pages.
I particularly enjoyed the plays
on words depicting the various realms, royal rulers and the like.
"Engraved in Stone"
is an entertaining book sure to please teachers, parents and
middle grade readers alike. The book has a place in the home
library, classroom pleasure reading corner and home school curriculum
as a discussion starter for problem solving dialogue.
Enjoyed the Read, Happy to recommend.