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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
Nate Rockledge is a ten year old boy dealing with fourth grade, he isn't into girls or sports, instead he likes to draw in his sketch book and he is pretty good at it! While he is drawing his imagination takes him on fantastic adventures where he is always saving the world, but when something happens and he really needs to save the day can he do it?
I loved Nate, his character is so relate-able, the relationship that he has with his sister seems very typical, and the way he describes his mother's cooking often had me laughing out loud, but I found it touching that he was determined not to hurt his mom's feelings so he kept his thoughts about her cooking to himself.My favorite parts of the story were the adventures that Nate's imagination takes us on, the author writes them in such a smooth, detailed way that I could just imagine them actually happening. The way this story was written it actually felt like I was seeing things thru the eyes of a ten year old. From the ordeals that he has with Lisa Crane, to the spats he has with his sister, or spending the evening at his best friend Tommy's house, each scene comes to life and seems so realistic. I loved the positive relationship that Nate has with his parents.
While I think the cover art on this book will capture the eye of a young boy, but the story inside will certainly capture their imaginations.As an older person I found myself thoroughly enjoying the story, it sort of reminded me of the books I read when I was a kid. I think Nate and his adventures would make a great television or cartoon series. A great book that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone. On a scale of one to five I would give this book a six because it's just that good.