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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
“Be Jolly, Jaunty Voy’gers! Let’s avoid a conflagration. As we find our happy hearts. And sing for joy with admiration. Of the many little marvels. That deserve our cogitation. Then the Wonder door will open. And we’ll leave this desolation!” In Mrs. Amazing and The Seed by Julie Lavender, Faye and Frank Faultsom strive to prevent their children－Constance, Chance, Charleston, and Chief－from succumbing to the mundane conformity of society. Instead, they want to nurture and protect their children’s imaginations; to let them find Wonder around them. When a garden party fundraiser for a group of ornithology ladies goes awry and threatens to tear their family apart, the Faultsoms’ unity and belief land them in Wonder itself, a whimsical but beautiful realm.
Julie Lavender’s Mrs. Amazing and The Seed is a fantastical contemporary story with substantial messages for young readers regarding learning, the way one pursues knowledge, individuality and the importance of imagination. When the eldest child Constance began to distance herself from her family, I questioned whether she'd ever rediscover her 'Wonder'. Combined with funny and creative chapter titles, the cover art and illustrations by Katrina Santucci are eye-catching and certainly accentuate the story further, making the reading aesthetically richer. The characters’ time in the world of Wonder is quite a wacky but fascinating roller-coaster journey. There’s a helpful glossary of Wacky Wonder Words at the end to help any readers who might need some guidance. All in all, this is a delightful tale for youngsters and adults alike.