Double Review of the Novellas The Greenest Valley AND Orisow by Ross Rosenfeld!

17 Jun

I reviewed Ross Rosenfeld’s The Stolen Kingdom  a while ago (see my review HERE). I thought it was a great “cross-over” book that is kind of YA and kind of MG. It is a great action-adventure story and I enjoyed it very much.

Mr. Rosenfeld has written 2 companion stories (novellas) to go along with The Stolen Kingdom.

These short, companion stories to The Stolen Kingdom tells the stories of Winkle, the Pooglie-Wooglie who was high-elder of the Pooglians when The Stolen Kingdom took place. (The Pooglie-Wooglie people (or Pooglians) are a group of ugly, disfigured, scarred, handicapped, etc., people whose ancestors had been banished from the face of the Earth because they were so ugly and the people didn’t want them to have children, so they lived below ground) These books tell of Winkle’s adventures as a young man.

greenestThe Greenest Valley

By Ross Rosenfeld

Illustrated by Erick Romero and Christine Choe

50 pages – ages 10+
Published by Fun Books on April 16, 2014

The Pooglie-Wooglie village was running low on food, and the land above them was covered in frost (for a few miles). An expedition of 8 Pooglians (love that name!) went to find food. Winkle had volunteered to go, thinking that it would have been a normal hunting trip. Boy, was he wrong! The Pooglians only came back with 3 of them alive…

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orisowOrisow

By Ross Rosenfeld

Illustrated by Erick Romero and Christine Choe

51 pages – ages 10+
Published by Fun Books on May 15, 2014

Winkle is back with another one of his stories. This time, on a hunting expedition, above ground, getting veggies from a field, a human above ground spots one of the Pooglians. They call the Pooglians “demons” and rush to tell the nearby village. The Pooglians flee. The elders decide that the Pooglians have to move out of the area, in case the locals above do an intense search of the area around them. On the way, the Pooglians, gathering food above ground, spot a castle with slaves coming into it. They watch the evil lord of the castle whip a woman for doing nothing. The Pooglians are moved, and want to help. But how can they?

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This is a good series. I loved “The Stolen Kingdom”, and these books are marvelous follow-up short stories/novellas. The stories are imaginative and original and fun to read. The settings are creative and you feel like you are there with Winkle. There is some violence, but nothing graphic (just fighting). In “The Greenest Valley”, there is a monster that eats the Pooglians. In “Orisow”, the Pooglians raid the castle. Winkle is a cool character, and he is a great soldier. I think that you can really connect with him. I love Mr. Rosenfeld’s writing style in these books. I like how they are told in first person, because Winkle is writing them as if he were telling the young Pooglie-Wooglie children the stories, which was really cool. The illustrations in the book are very nice, colorful, and they add to the story. The books, at 50-ish pages, are perfect for reluctant readers or kids just looking for a good story. While it would probably be better to read The Stolen Kingdom first, it isn’t needed because enough back-story is included in these novellas. I am looking forward to other books in this series!

4 out of 5 bookworms for these novellas!fourbooks

8 Responses to “Double Review of the Novellas The Greenest Valley AND Orisow by Ross Rosenfeld!”

  1. Michelle Isenhoff June 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    I remember seeing The Greenest Valley (I think the cover changed), but I didn’t know Ross had a new one out. Thanks, Erik! I like to stay updated on the authors I “meet.”

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  2. writersideup June 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    Pretty hard to resist anything that has a “Pooglie Wooglie” in it 😀 Nice reviews, Erik 😀

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  3. ontheplumtree June 19, 2014 at 6:30 am #

    Pooligans! Love it! And I also love that it seems to have a bit of an environmental twist!

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  4. readingwithrhythm June 28, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    I’m anxious to learn about Pooglie-Wooglies!

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  5. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Oh wow, the book covers look mighty dark.

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