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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Jordan Quinn's The Kingdom of Wrenly is a sweet, adventure-filled series for young readers new to chapter books. The pages are filled with illustrations chronicling Prince Lucas and his best friend, Clara, on their quests around Wrenly, his family's kingdom filled with mermaids, wizards, trolls, fairies, and dragons. The stories and themes are simple enough that fluent readers will be able to follow along easily while learning a bit of new vocabulary, but also fast-paced and great for young imaginations.
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What's the story?
In the KINGDOM OF WRENLY series, young Prince Lucas befriends Clara, the daughter of his mother's seamstress, and the two take off for adventures around the kingdom. From looking for a lost gem, to caring for a rare dragon egg, to calming an angry sea monster (who just wants people to stop polluting the ocean), the two friends never turn down a challenge. They'll ride on ships or horses, visit trolls, fairies, and mermaids, and plead their case for more adventure with King Caleb, always looking to solve problems and improve the world they live in.
Is it any good?
With quick pacing and interesting adventures, these books are great for young readers. The illustrations and easy-to-follow stories make them good for reading aloud, especially for pre-readers who are bored by the plots in simpler books. As with most fantasy books for kids, The Kingdom of Wrenly Series has the usual amount of suspending disbelief about autonomy (kids are allowed to roam the kingdom on boats and land without an adult in sight) and time (Lucas and Clara visit many places in the kingdom in one day), but that dive into imagination is part of the fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Lucas is allowed to go almost anywhere in the Kingdom of Wrenly, often without an adult. Where are you allowed to go without an adult? Is there anywhere you want to go alone but aren't allowed? How do you think you can earn that privilege?
Is there a big difference between Lucas and Clara's lives? What does it mean for their friendship that she is a "commoner" and he is a prince?
What other books have kingdoms and dragons and magical beings? Why do you think we like reading and watching stories about them?
- Author: Jordan Quinn
- Illustrator: Robert McPhillips
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Little Simon
- Publication date: April 4, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 5 - 9
- Number of pages: 128
- Available on: Paperback, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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