Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Book Review - Loogie the Booger Genie


Loogie the Booger Genie: Prince of Prank (Volume 1)

By: N.E. Castle
Illustrated By: Bret Herholz & N.E. Castle
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: November 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4792-7201-3
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: December 13, 2012

The title says it all, readers…(LOL). This is one children’s book that will literally draw readers in and keep them there to the very last page.

We begin with a young man - a prince, in fact - living in England at Garoth Castle, 805 years ago. Prince Loogar is the King’s son and basically (probably because there was no T.V. or Xbox back then) spent all his time playing pranks on everyone from the King to his beloved nursemaid to - unfortunately for him - the wizard of the castle named, Hendrick.

Hendrick is what you would call a version of Dumbledore with a mean streak. But you mustn’t be angry with him. After all, Prince Loogar is a tough one to put up with. And when Loogar plays a prank on the wizard and sets him up to be downgraded from ‘magic man’ to kitchen staff by the Queen, Hendrick decides to punish Loogar in order to prove to him that he needs to be more responsible and knock off the ‘bratty’ ways.

Fast forward to present day… Garoth Castle is basically in ruins and a spot on the castle tour for Charlie - a seven-year-old - and his family. Charlie is a prankster as well, although not nearly as good as Loogar was. Was? Nope. Because of an interesting spell created by Hendrick, Loogar finds himself still very much alive in present-day and living as a genie inside Charlie’s nose.

Let’s just say that Loogar and Charlie must battle a bit, because Loogar is a prince and sees Charlie as nothing more than a peasant and has a difficult time with the fact that he’s living inside a subordinate’s nostrils. But in order for Loogar to break the spell and be returned to his own home, he must find a way to do good deeds in order to show that he’s not the spoiled brat he has proven himself to be.
The plot is more than unique and a memorable journey for kids. And because this is only Volume 1 of the story, it will be interesting to see how this humorous author returns Loogar to his time and homeland, as well as how he and Charlie become close friends along the way. From kindness to friendship to learning responsibility while having the adventure of a lifetime, this is a book that offers everything both kids and parents want!

Quill Says: A real ‘life lesson’ told in a really hysterical way!

For more information on Loogie the Booger Genie: Prince of Prank (Volume 1), please visit the book's website at: www.createspace.com