I’m Chloe Hwang. Gail is my Mom’s friend and she told me about the book and sent me the email.
I am eleven years old and soon going to 6th grade. I am really passionate about reading books, especially adventure and fantasy genres.
When you started the book you used an onomatopoeia, which was good because I think if you have a good “hook” in the beginning of the book the reader will be more interested in the story.
Next, you introduced the reader to Bradley Beetle and Marigold who lived in Glen. I loved how in each chapter there was a story from a different person’s point of view. I’m not sure if an Imaginaerie is a bug, small creature, animal, or a human being, but I imagined that most of them are humans.
Even though your book did not have a lot of adventure it was still interesting. I thought that was one of your strong points because most authors need a part in the book when the main character swoops in and saves the princess or when a character swims in a river of crocodiles. But you didn’t have to do that you just used your characters and build some problems, that’s what makes your book unique.
In my opinion I think it was a little difficult remembering all the characters. In the middle of reading I sometimes have to stop and think of which character is which. Gogo Gaia, Madame Shews, Mister Grumpy Pants, Monsieur, Winona Worm, Pete The Publisher, and Granny Catty all stood out because they were all so different which was really interesting.
I think Marigold, Bella Dew, Ivy Lion, and Mor-a-Bella were sort of all the same. I felt like they were hardest to remember. I kept on thinking ,”which one lived on the farm and was a bumpkin again?” Or ,”Is it Marigold who wanted their flying license or was it Ivy Lion?”
So I went back in the book and found out who was who but I wish I could remember the characters instead of going back into the book all the time.
With all that said I give your book The Imaginaeries a 3 and a half star rating out of 5 stars. Don’t feel bad though because I’m a picky reader and having a 3 and a half star book is pretty good!
I really recommend kids to read this book because it has some life lessons in it.
The only tips I have for you is to maybe put some excitement in it, or maybe make the characters a little more different from each other. Oh, and you should explain what an Imaginaerie is because I’m still not sure what one looks like. I think the most important thing you should do to change your book is explain. I know I know explaining is a little hard to do in a book because you got to let the reader know what is what in a way that doesn’t bore the reader. If you did some good explaining the reader will be able to understand and process the book more easily. You should explain the Beetle Boys or what an Imaginaeries look like.
Over all, I think you are extremely talented because I know it’s not easy to write a book. Thank you for letting me critique your book I really enjoyed writing about all your strong points in your book.
I’m so lucky that I’m able to read before it comes out in paper. If we ever meet and I have a copy of The Imaginaeries will you please sign it for me?