Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Anzard by Christopher Conroy


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About the Book:

ANZARD tells the story of how a young boy named Justin Cavell learns to listen to that voice inside him and trust his instincts. He also learns how his dreams and wishes can come true: Justin becomes more aware of himself and his potential to turn his dreams and wishes into reality.

One dark and stormy night, as Justin is anxiously awaiting the return of his parents and praying for their safe return from a long overdue plane trip, he is visited by Poofy, a tiny, magical pixie who comes from the faraway planet, Spiritainia. Justin is escorted to this wonderful world of Spiritainia by the Anzard pixie, Poofy. Aside from Poofy, Justin is joined by his own Tribe of Truth – that include such memorable characters as Regal the Eagle, Turner the Turtle, Chumpah the Chipmunk and Billy the Goat – define Justin’s inner voice and help him in his quest of self-discovery.

Justin also learns to resolve conflict, which arrives in the form of an evil witch named Nosefeen, and captures Poofy as Poofy is guiding Justin to the Path of Possibilities. Through these adventures, Justin grows stronger and develops self-esteem, enabling him to return to Earth, find his parents, and guide them home safely.

ANZARD opens up a world of rewards for kids who learn to develop and trust their innervoice. The book helps them to become more aware and enlightened.

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My Thoughts:

Y'all know the cover pulled me in, right? It looked so beautiful and full of adventure, that I made my way to Amazon, and read the first few pages. It looked like it would be beautiful story, so I decided to read the whole thing.

Anzard ended up being completely different than I thought it would be from the beginning, though I liked it in a different way than I imagined. It's a very odd read, but thankfully I'm generally a fan of those. Admittedly, this one went even beyond my odd tastes at times, but I truly believe that most children will enjoy the corniness within Anzard. A rapping goat? Cooties? A witch and children used as basketballs? Yep. They're all in here.

I'm going to share one of the scenes within Anzard to give you a bit of the feel of the book. I actually had to stop reading to laugh a bit.

"In the background, the plastic skeleton was waving his bony arms frantically, trying to warn his friend the fish.

Mesmerized by the pill floating slowly down in front of his face, the tiny fish gobbled up the Zapbrane pill as Justin watched.

All of a sudden, the fish's eyes bulged and it race in circles frantically around the tank. Suddenly the fish jumped into the plastic rowboat and rowed across the tank to the coffin, jumped in, and lay down dead." (page 79)

Seriously, I'm laughing just typing it, which makes me feel a little bad! ;)

Aside from the oddness of the book, there really is some good lessons inside the pages. It teaches kids to not fall into the world of peer pressure, because that world will lead to stupid decisions. It also teaches them to listen to their instincts, and make the right choices. Look around and see if things look fishy, and make wise decisions. There's lots of adventure and fun and silliness in here, too!

This book also has somewhat of a Christian kind of feel to it. An anzard is the result of a wizard and angel marriage. This takes place in a church. That doesn't necessarily make it Christian, by any means, but when the goat raps about Adam and Eve, I got that impression a bit more. That is very, very light, though. It's a fun read for a "moral" lesson.

Overall, this is definitely a quirky little read, but I had fun with it!

*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Purchase Link:

Anzard

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About the Author:

Author Christopher Conroy currently lives in Los Angeles, California, but was born in Ireland and raised in Canada. He grew up in a large family consisting of seven children, and a mother and father who by his own description were “loving, moral, fun and pure magic.” Conroy says he was heavily influenced by John Steinbeck growing up, and also likes Jack London and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but that the “main influence for ANZARD came from that magical place in my mind where I write.”

For More Information, visit Christopher Conroy’s website. (Scroll down a bit, and you can see some of the illustrations for the story. These aren't in the book, but it was fun to see them after I'd finished reading Anzard!)


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2 comments:

  1. Well. Sounds a bit too weird for my tastes but I can see why you would like it.

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    1. I really don't think you would like it at all. It WAS even a bit too odd for even me at times. I think children will enjoy it more than adults, though.

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