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Note: The copy of the work was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Greetings! The Review Board has arrived to discuss thoughts on Delilah Dusticle, the first book in the Delilah Dusticle series by A.J. York. Before diving into the review, let’s take a look at the abbreviated blurb via Amazon:
Delilah Dusticle has special powers. She can completely eradicate dust. With her quiver pouch of special dusters, Delilah can run up walls, reaching places others just can’t. As a maid in the Fenchurch-Whittington house, Delilah’s unusual skills soon lead to her being promoted to Chief Dust Eradicator and Remover. Until one day, when a broken heart leads to her powers taking an expected turn.
Now, to provide her thoughts, the Unleashed One.
Perhaps the best way to go about the review is to start off with the opportunities for improvement (aka Cons):
Lingering Dust Particles (Cons)
1. On Amazon, it is stated that this book caters towards children between the ages of eight and twelve. In my opinion, it may be a bit too sophisticated for the average child from the eight to ten range, due to a few factors.
(a) There should have been more pictures in the story. The younger end of the 8-12 spectrum are quite visual and imagery keeps the attention span longer in combination with text, than just text by itself.
(b) For some youth who choose to read on their own as opposed to an adult reading to them, there are some vocabulary words that may not be known to an average eight year old, such as “eradicate”.
(c) One of the things that Delilah experiences goes beyond mere sadness. Would an eight, nine, or even ten year old be able to grasp the extremity? Or does the adult make that determination, and how comfortable will an adult be in doing so?
2. I think the term “eradicate dust” was used a bit too extensively.
Dust Busters (Pros)
1. I really liked the abstract representation of Delilah Dusticle as part of the cover art. For me, it fits the target audience the author was trying to reach.
2. Originality in titles and character names are always a huge plus for me.
3. The story was very easy to read.
4. I felt the pain of Delilah Dusticle and the emotions she experiences in reference to Charlie.
5. There were very strong messages interwoven in this tale, not just for youth but great advice for adults to follow as well.
Delilah Dusticle is a story that isn’t as much about magical fantasy as it is about relationships. It delves into the presence of conflict, shift in circumstances and the growth in characters as a result. This is great reading and I do recommend, with a note for adults to prepare to answer certain words and situations the younger kids may be curious about.
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