Book Review by Tia Esposito, Library Director- Boston College High School
Wobar and the Quest for the Magic Calumet is reminiscent of Jay O’Callohan stories. It is the kind of story that made me fall in love with reading and storytelling and ultimately to become a children/YA librarian. Similar to Holes by Louis Sachar in its sense of wonder with Madame Gonzaga and very out of the ordinary adventures. Illustrations akin to those in Roald Dahl stories by Quentin Blake, the Borrowers, Mike Mulligan, and Mabel, the Best Loved Doll — the black and white illustrations truly lend themselves to this story. You don’t find stories like this in print anymore–it is not a pre-packaged kind of story that fits into the standard mold for children’s literature, but it is wonderfully delicious–you want to savor the segments yet finish it all at the same time. Zany adventures like Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstockings or Holes by Louis Sachar. Masterfully told story. Heart-warming, uplifting tale of a young man doing the right thing always in the aid of other — fun and fantastic.
That said, I want you to know that I really loved it and read it in one sitting. I hope it finds its perfect market, as it is a very deserving book which I believe could make a great many children fall in love with stories and reading.
This would be a great read-a-loud story for 2nd-5th grade students. Vivid characters with a rich storyline.
Could be tied into Common Core Standards through history connection — Revolutionary War, Washington, Native Americans, Great Narragansett Swamp Fight around time of Revolutionary War in New England.
Loved choice of typeset/font, paper, layout and images — brilliantly captures the look of classic children’s stories.