This has to be one of the greatest fantasy books for middle schoolers and older I’ve read so far!!! Its funny, creative, and best of all, has a wonderful message blended in. This is the first Children’s ARC book I am proud to say I am doing a review for. It’s Flea and Spikey by Peter Koolwijk. As of now, it is set to be released October of 2016.
The Cover: Don’t think this is a book for small children just because of the illustration on the front (Illustrated by Linda Faas). It’s a great read for all ages. I love how the art work captures your attention instantly. When I was searching for my first children’s book to review, this is the one that stood out to me the most. Right off the bat you can see the quirkiness of one of the characters and her charisma is perfectly portrayed in the story.
Summary: Meet Floyd, otherwise known as Flea. He’s not very brave, he’s rather small, and constantly being hassled by Arnold the bully. His life isn’t very exciting until a new student joins his class–a tiny girl with a big personality. With a broad grin on her freckled face she surveyed the classroom. Her eyes twinkled. All the prying eyes and gaping mouths didn’t seem to bother her at all. On the contrary, she seemed to enjoy the attention. “This is Phoebe,” said Mrs. Jutter, introducing her. The girl looked up at the teacher … “But most people call me Spikey.” Spikey is not afraid of anything. She isn’t even afraid of Arnold, and she takes Floyd under her wing. Spikey shares a big secret with Floyd: Arnold’s turns out to practice voodoo. When Arnold discovers that Floyd knows, Floyd lands in big trouble. How will Flea and Spikey escape the wrath of Arnold and the machinations of his mother? And how will Floyd come to terms with his obnoxious nickname? With plenty of humor, Peter Koolwijk introduces the reader to the world of Flea and Spikey where the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur. Illustrator Linde Faas gives Spikey – the girl everyone wants to be friends with – her cheerful and unique form.
This children’s book is so funny and creative. Perfect for all ages; so when your child is done, you can borrow it or it can be a perfect story to read together! Flea and Spikey teach that its not nice to bully people around, it might just end up coming right back to you and that friends could come in the oddest shapes and places.
This book is set to be released on October of 2016 in the United States, It has been out however, for about 4 years in Deutsche. I suggest Pre-Order today for Flea and Spikey in English! I have provided the link at the bottom!