5+ stars for 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls by Al E. Boy #comingofage #mgfantasy #audiobookreview
Title: 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls (The Adventures of Fawn)
Author: Al E. Boy
Narrator: Pam Tsujioka
Genre: Coming of Age, Middle Grade Fantasy, Holiday Animal Fiction
Fantastic! Fun-tastic! Fawn-tastic!
The Adventures of Fawn is not just an exciting, award-winning coming-of-age series, it's also a quality introduction to novels for children who have graduated beyond the Diary of a Wimpy Kid level. And it's also great listening for any age group. The first installment 'Til the Last Snowflake Falls follows the exploits of Fawn, the daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen. The young reindeer spends far too many days alone in the stable at Santa's Village, with no friends and nothing to do. Typical of many youngsters, though her parents caution she's much too young, naive, and inexperienced to go exploring outside the village by herself, Fawn rebels.
Declaring, “I want some fun and excitement! I don’t care how dangerous it is!” she begins sneaking out each day in search of friends, excitement, and adventure. She'll find them all...but also find herself in dangerous situations she's unprepared for! Perhaps, a tad too late, Fawn will realize that mum and dad were right all along! And she'll learn some valuable lessons about what's really important in life. The Adventures of Fawn are filled with fun, laughs, excitement, and magical entertainment for listeners of all ages!
'Til the Last Snowflake Falls is on the recommended reading list with The US Book Review (2019), was awarded the Bronze Medal in Dan Poynter's 2017 Global E-book Awards, received an Honoree Medallion from indieB.R.A.G. Awards, a Reader's Favorite Five Star Award, One Stop Fiction Books' Five Star Award, Literary Titan's Silver Book Award, and many other accolades.
©2014 Al E. Boy (P)2020 Al E. Boy
Fawn went in search of friends and found danger instead. Tired of being left alone in the stable, Fawn disobeys her parents (Comet and Vixen) and goes off on her own. She may be the daughter of famous reindeer but she’s lonely and bored. She wants to discover what’s out there beyond the village. She searches for friends and adventure and winds up in some sticky situations. Can she and her newfound friends escape those wanting to do them harm? More importantly, will Fawn have to choose between her loyalty to her friends and her family?
Narrator’s overall voice –
Pam Tsujioka’s voice is clear, crisp, and evokes emotion. Her voice fits with the subject matter and I found myself visualizing the story as she narrated. Does the narrator fit the characters? Yes, Pam uses classic inflection techniques to make the story come alive. Narrator’s reading style – Pam’s reading style is leisurely which sets the tone for the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Narrator’s impact on reading experience – Pam is a wonderful narrator who knows exactly what to do to make the story come alive for the listener. Narrator’s pacing – Pam propels the plot with perfect pacing and immersive vocal inflections. Audiobook flow – The flow of the audiobook is smooth, and I didn’t notice any gaps or stutters. I got engrossed in the story so that when it ended, I wanted it to keep going. What makes this audiobook unique – With the blending of the author’s feel-good story and Pam Tsujioka’s narration, this audiobook will uplift the reader with a positive message. Would I recommend this audiobook – Yes, a thousand times yes!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Al E. Boy is an English teacher, originally from Canada, but currently residing in Seoul, South Korea.
Through almost 40 years as a Santa Claus, Al E. Boy developed quite a repertoire of tales to explain and answer the many questions children ask about Santa, the North Pole, his reindeer, and his friends, the elves.
It was this collection of tales which prompted him to begin writing The Adventures of Fawn. Through the young daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen, he's been able to weave an exciting, colorful, imaginative world which will delight readers of all ages!
Mr. Boy not only hopes you enjoy these tales, but make reading them part of your Christmas traditions, as well.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N