My Rating: 5/5 stars
About this book:
In Fairytale Land there lives a gentle-hearted cyclops known as Cleo who wears bells on his large toes. Headaches plague the one-eyed giant, causing Cleo problems at work, at home, and with his girlfriend, Nellie. Cleo’s migraines force him to seek help from a powerful wizard who few can name. He must face down witches, battles hungry ogres, and a bog creature ready to eat him. Will perseverance and determination be enough for Cleo to fix his headaches and win true love from his girlfriend, Nellie? This tale includes sixteen illustrations.
This book is cuteness overload. I smiled throughout this book, especially looking at wonderful illustrations. I adore children’s book for this reason only that they are light-hearted, designed to be attractive and are short enough to cater to the attention span of a child. The Magical meniscus tells the story of a friendly cyclops Cleo, who reminded me so much of the cyclops in the Percy Jackson series. This book is perfect to be read out loud to kids. It is written in a very easy language, meant to be both entertaining and engaging. The description of Fairytale land and all the other characters especially Cleo’s girlfriend Nellie is very entertaining to read. The book is just 154 pages long and has more than 15 illustrations at the beginning of different chapters. I don’t know if the author has previously written such books before but he seems like a pro at storytelling. I was so relieved when finally Cleo could sleep without headaches. The imagery in the book really makes you feel for the characters in it. The book was filled with many moral lessons as well. As an adult, I could easily recognise them but for a kid, it just seemed like part of a dialogue.
Like Cleo’s granny used to say, “Just because they are different does not mean we have to hold that against them.”