Reviews - Prince Dustin and Clara
Log Cabin Library (Book Three)
"...I love all the little details in the prologue, it beautifully sets the scene and makes for a lovely image of this fairytale castle nestled within the forest. I especially love this passage, 'white velvet snow capped the tops of each peak like a sprinkling of marshmallows on hot chocolate' .... Lot's of amusing moments ... lots of action. I enjoyed how the story is written in three acts, beginning with Castle Zauberin ... beginning their adventure into the enchanted Black Forest, passing through the land of the tree fairies, and on into the swamplands before reaching Castle Zauberin ... With it's general themes of good versus evil I can easily see this as a fun family read."
Dance Advantage - Leigh Purtill (Book Three)
"...In the current story, Clara again must do battle but this time, she is fighting a new adversary ... Parents of dancers who either perform in or attend performances of “The Nutcracker” could also use this series of books as inspiration to discuss how they differ from the original story dancers know or conversely, how they might influence new versions of the ballet (e.g. what would it be like to have trolls perform Reed Flutes?). At its heart, this series champions Clara, giving her plenty of adventures and opportunities to be the hero..."
Kids' BookBuzz - (Review of entire series, including Book Three)
"... their adventure, is packed with magic, excitement, and danger. I like how the author incorporates rhyming poetry into the book. It gives emphasis on certain evil elements of the story and adds emotion to the book overall....This makes a good read in language arts in elementary school. There are good vocabulary words used in this book and I would recommend using them to find
examples for grammar classes..."
Bookworm for Kids - (Review of Book Three and entire series)
"This is such a fun series for the middle grade audience, and while it does somewhat remind of the Nutcracker, this series goes much beyond that. The author keeps the writing quick-paced and engaging. There are enough descriptions to build the world, but these are kept to a minimum as the characters and the plot drive this one forward. In this book, there is a wonderful cast of creatures ... It allows dreams to take flight and the reader to dive into a fantasy world, which comes to life. Danger and tension remain high while still keeping a level appropriate for the age group. And yet, it's even grabbing to me as an adult, since it keeps the heart of childhood fantasy."
Kids BookShelf - (Review of Book Three)
"An exciting tale of friendship, fantasy, and adventure. (Ages 9-12)"