Parents' Guide to

The Real Boy

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Shy boy fights monsters, makes friend in powerful fantasy.

Book Anne Ursu Fantasy 2013
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THE REAL BOY weaves in elements of Pinocchio, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and golem folktales to create an engaging original story. It's a tale about the follies of greed and grown-ups who think they deserve to have everything come easily to them without considering the many people who have less than they do.

However, kids don't need to draw parallels to the Occupy movement to enjoy this story: Oscar's a smart, likable character, and if his meekness at first seems like a weakness, Callie's bravery and confidence more than make up for it. As in author Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs, the pacing is perfect, mixing exciting, magic-laden action with Oscar's inner development from a lonely boy into a brave friend.

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