Friday, November 4, 2016

The Ugly Teapot: Book One: Hannah by Fred Holmes

Kindle Edition, 205 pages
Published March 30th 2016
Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world. 

To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.

Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.

She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love.

My Thoughts…

The Ugly Teapot is a fun, mystical story.    It reminded me of the Disney movie of Aladdin, which is Hannah’s favorite.     Remembering this helps make the book more enjoyable and pulls the story together.    

Hannah worships her father, who is a world photographer.   When he dies she takes the Ugly Teapot out and makes a wish with the Genie to have her dad alive.    The Ugly Teapot is a gift from one of her father’s trips.   The people she meets while trying to help her dad are real people, people her father has worked with before.  The places she travels to are all places that her father has photographed before and brought her back gifts from. 

The Ugly Teapot is a fun YA and MG adventure.   There is a lot of adventure and magic along with dealing with the toughness of losing a father at a young age.   Both aspects were written perfectly.    I look forward to reading more of Fred Holmes’ books. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Charlotte! I am so happy you enjoyed THE UGLY TEAPOT!