HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Green Children
Author: Kenny Chumbley
Illustrator: Nadya Ruvinsky
Publisher: Prairie Papers, 2016
Related website: https://www.prairie-papers.com/ (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 6-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Chumbley, Kenny. The Green Children (published in 2016 by Prairie Papers, Rantoul, IL). On an emerald isle near an enchanted green forest is the village of Ballybogey. In the nearby forest live the Otherfolk, such as gnomes, brownies, hobgoblins, and green children. Otherfolk love music, though they have no bells, and as long as they remain in the forest they are protected, but outside of the forest the sun saps their strength. One day two inseparable green children, Bud and Blossom, hear bells and wander into Ballybogey. When their strength is gone, they are captured by Ennis and Orin, henchmen of the evil Squire Scrum, who imprisons them and plans to use them to make money. What diabolical plot does he have in mind? Can they escape? Will they ever be able to return to their home in the great forest?
Based on a twelfth-century English legend as told by Jim McGuiggan, The Green Children is a charming and delightful story with a lesson of loyal friendship. There are other important features as well. For example, why did Squire Scrum feel that he could abuse and mistreat Bud and Blossom? “He told himself that because the children were different—because they were green—they really weren’t children!” What a great message! This children’s fantasy tale was initially made available in 2012 as a forty-minute adventure on CD. Author Kenny Chumbley has recently had 100 copies of the book privately printed with a couple of options on having it published including an offer from a literary agency whose firm places books with the larger Manhattan publishers. Youngsters will love it.