The Ugly Teapot
I don’t think I ever read a book that started with an Obituary. Until now that is. Throw in a telepathic dog, a magic lamp,a sarcastic Genie a very curious and adventure seeking girl and little comic relief from a man named Gus and what do you think you get?
What you get is a fun entertaining adventure full of twist and turns and danger around every corner. This adventure is a good one for older kids all though there are a few violent scenes. The bad guy here is not very nice(that of course is why he’s the bad guy). He does kill a few innocent villagers ,slits a few throats, but hey some adventures are supposed to be dangerous.
When I picture our young heroine Hanna I picture Indiana Jones if he was in fact a little girl. She seems to get out of these impossible predicaments,and it works. Along with a fun cast of characters Hanna and her companions must return The Ugly Teapot to a secret cave. So if you have not already guessed ,The Ugly Teapot is actually Aladdin’s Lamp(Genie and all)
You may be wondering how a little girl got her hands on such a thing. I guess you’ll have to read the book for the answer.
This book was really a lot of fun to read, true a bit more violent than I would have guessed but the writing and realism of the supporting characters is very well done.My favorite character is Gus.(Although the Genie gives him a run for his money) This guy added the comic relief needed in the story. His comments were just subtle enough to be perfect. We also see how a young girl and her family must deal with the grief of losing her Father which is never an easy thing.So Hanna gets down to business and
as Gus would say “Well La-De-Da Biggie-Woo look who put on her Big Girl Pants”...
The actual title of the book is The Ugly Teapot: Book One: Hannah (Volume 1) which is interesting because after reading the somewhat surprise ending it looks like Volume two might bring in a whole new and different cast of characters and story line.It should be fun…
Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world. To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp that Hannah found most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special. Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do. She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . . The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love.
This is Fred Holmes’s first fiction novel, having previously ghost-written a nonfiction book, LETTERS FROM DAD. He is known as a writer and director of films and television, working primarily in family films and children’s television. His work can be seen on Mary Lou Retton’s FLIP FLOP SHOP, BARNEY & FRIENDS, WISHBONE, HORSELAND, IN SEARCH OF THE HEROES, and many other shows, for which he has won two Emmys and three CINE Golden Eagles, among numerous other awards. He has also directed three feature films: DAKOTA, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, distributed by Miramax, HARLEY, also starring Lou Diamond Phillips, distributed by Lionsgate, and HEART LAND, a Bollywood feature film shot on location in India. He lives in the southwest United States, and can be found online at www.flholmes.com. Facebook page
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