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Book giveaway: The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt - CLOSED

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 14-Nov-13 13:47:26

There are two great children's books up for grabs this week. First up: We're giving away fifty copies of Pushkin children's latest beautiful book: The Letter For the King by Tonke Dragt. Already published in 16 languages this thrilling story of one boy's battle against evil is considered a children's classic and is published in English for the first time today. Find out more about this wonderful story and if you think you know someone who may enjoy this, apply for your free copy. We do ask if you receive a copy that you post a review or join us back on this thread to let us know what you think.

telsa Wed 18-Dec-13 08:52:46

Just starting to read this to my 8 year old who loves knights. The book looks very handsome and the illustrations are good. Will be back with update once we have progressed a bit, but so far so good.

ShanghaiDiva Wed 18-Dec-13 08:56:34

Not received my copy yet, but looking forward to reading it. We have a few of Dragt's books in the school library, but only in German.

pixieindisguise Wed 18-Dec-13 09:15:53

As soon as I started reading this book, I was so drawn it that I used all my spare time to read it! I've just finished it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have a kindle so don't normally buy books, and if given to me as gifts, I'll read them then give away, but I will definitely be keeping this for my daughters to read when they are old enough! The format of the book is beautiful, the story is amazing and full of morals, and I think every child should read this! I wish it had been translated into English when I was young. Children will love this story, even more so than adults. An absolute classic.

UniS Fri 20-Dec-13 22:38:53

Quite a book. Looks a bit on the daunting big side and took me some days to read it. BUT, I'd have loved it as a young teen.

The story romps along once it gets going, No magic involved which makes a nice change from many similar structured stories . This is a plain old tale of adventure and a young man on a quest. along the way he meets people to trust and people to doubt.

The book is very attractive , I like the paper dust jacket being the same design as the hard back covers. I'm putting my copy into the school library, I think it will be fine for Year 6 and good readers in Year 5. The kids who are wolfing down Harry Potter and the like.

maryburrows Sat 21-Dec-13 17:07:41

It is a beautifully produced book which any young adult of 12+ years or indeed any adult fan of thoughtful adventure stories would enjoy reading and maybe rereading from time to time. The enduring popularity of the good versus evil sagas of C.S. Lewis's Narnia, Tolkien,etc have seen a huge surge in recent years with the addition of authors like Pullman,Paolini, and J.K.Rowling- a genre that will deserved endure and a fine addition to the in print in English chidrens classics. I haven't finished reading my copy yet but will certainly do so when I can get some undisturbed me time-definitely hooked!

PointyChristmasFairyWand Sun 29-Dec-13 16:40:19

OK, here's DD2's opinion:

This book pulls you in really quickly even though it starts slowly. The descriptions are well done but not too long. My favourite character is Piak, because he is a happy youthful person but is very smart and has good ideas.

My favourite part of the book is where Jaro is sent to kill Tiuri but can't do it after Tiuri saves his life and then tells him about the plot and about Slither.

The end is satisfying because King Dagonaut's statement that a tap on the shoulder with a sword doesn't make someone a knight, their actions do, means you know Tiuri is going to be a knight.

Yasmin1 Mon 30-Dec-13 15:23:50

Thanks for the book, I gave it to my 13yr old who loved the book it took him longer than expected to finish it as Xmas holidays have kept him busy. He thought the book is well written and easy to follow the story. This book will appeal more to older and capable readers. The book is full of adventure and is easy to read and follow the story of Tiuri and the quests that lie ahead of him and the choices he makes.
Great book to give as a gift to an adult as well. Thanks

ShanghaiDiva Wed 08-Jan-14 09:29:30

Adventure, quests, good versus evil - what more can you ask for? Great that this is now available in English and a welcome addition to any school library. Recommend for year 6 up.
Presentation is beautiful too.

Belo Tue 21-Jan-14 11:37:12

We gave this to my daughter for Christmas. She only started it on Saturday but is already 25% off the way through it. She is not the fastest reader in the world, but this has really gripped her. Previous to this she was reading Harry Potter. She says this is better than Harry Potter as it is all new (i.e. hasn't seen the films). She loves how the book looks as well. It's beautifully printed and beautifully bound.

Thank you very much for sending us our book.

vanbandi Mon 03-Feb-14 20:18:49

Thank you for the free copy. That will be my next book to read and will post my opinion as soon as I finish with it. smile

nwstokes Sun 23-Feb-14 21:40:22

Last of 3 books received Thank you to who ever pulled my name out.
As for the book .It was thoroughly enjoyed. Good impression to start with; hardback with dust cover/black and white drawings/clear print with manageable chapters. A storyline of good over evil winning if you do not take a selfish attitude - abit surprised this author's work has taken such a while to be made available.

Another book well worth reading; a gift definitely

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