Barrowman, John and Barrowman, Carole E The Book of Beasts (Hollow Earth #3) 322 pgs. Aladdin, 2014. $18.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Emily and Matt are twins and both powerful Animare, giving them power to draw things that become real and even travel through art. Matt is stuck in the past, facing a powerful threat, the children’s own father, who is a force for evil with terrible plans. Emily is trying to help her brother and faces her own threat, from the children’s own grandmother. They have lots of allies but the dark beasts of the hollow earth are the stuff of nightmares.
This is the third book in the series and each one I have enjoyed less and less. This one is just complicated and incredibly dark (so was the last book of Harry Potter) but I found that I wasn’t invested in the characters or the outcome. The children never have any joy in their abilities, it always danger and rules and dark stormy weather.
Because the magical abilities of the characters seemed to have no boundaries it felt like the adventures had little consequences, after all they could always drum up something new and strange to get them out of a jam. Students who read the first two may want to read this conclusion.
MS – OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.