Sunday, May 5, 2013

Book Review: Ozette's Destiny

There are some books that are just special. One such book is the recently released Ozette's Destiny by first-time author, Judy Pierce who has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation and Bichon Frise rescue. She has created the perfect book for children of all ages.

Ozette is a rare white squirrel (such creatures do exist in real life and are not albinos) who is blamed for all of the problems in the forest that cause the wildlife to lose more and more of their home. She's blamed because she's different.  Her beloved grandmother urges her to leave and find a new place to live because it is no longer safe for her in their forest. The little white squirrel sets out and ultimately finds herself in the magical country of Farlandia, a place full of wildlife and mystical creatures who become her friends. She moves from lonely little squirrel all alone in the world, to a much loved friend of elves and wildlife along with unicorns and other creatures.

Throughout the book Ozette has interesting adventures with her new friends and, in their own way, each serves as a positive lesson for children.

Pierce's gift for telling a tale also includes some humor that will appeal to adult readers with references to things that the little ones might not understand but will still amuse them.

This is obviously the first book in the series. I was lucky enough to read an early draft of the book and reading the finished book is a treat. The Tales from Farlandia above the title hints at more to come. Sure this book leaves you wanting more. And as an added bonus, at the end, Pierce has created and tested recipes for the treats mentioned in the book. 

Author Judy Pierce
Published by the fairly new imprint, Pants on Fire Press, the book can be purchased wherever books are sold for the very reasonable price of $9.99 or you can order it from Amazon:

Or Kindle:

Buy it for the child in your life or the child in yourself.

Note: I received no compensation for this review other than a review copy of the book.


Julie Casey said...

I've read this book and you are exactly right. It is a delightful read for children of all ages, even those of us with children and grandchildren of our own. Ozette's destiny reminds me of the Beatrix Potter books or Frog and Toad, where each adventure subtly teaches morals of kindness and acceptance. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books about Ozette and Farlandia!

rescuegal said...

Great review. I am familiar with Judy Pierce's wonderful story telling ability. So, when Ozette's Destiny became available on Kindle, I quickly downloaded it. I confess, I have not read it yet, but it is next on my list to read.

Moe Vik said...

Awesome review and I have been a fan of Ozette's for a long time :) and I do like the fact its not only for children but also captures the inner child of grown ups and that's fantastic :) I read the book, and have also tried some of the recipes :) yummy!

Judi Abbott said...

I love this story, hope for a sequel, for myself, grandkids, and most recently as a hostess gift for a friend. Will have to get it on Kindle.

Darlene said...

Thank you so much, everyone, for your comments!

Ann Horne said...

Great review, the book is lovely, I am lucky to play fairyland with Judy, so I have been enjoying Ozette's tale for a while.

Darlene said...

Thank you for commenting, Ann! That's exactly where I met Judy and have enjoyed her stories for quite awhile.

Judy Pierce said...

Thank you, Darlene, for your beautiful review, and thank you all who commented. You are the best!