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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
The Bucket by D.J. Cattrell is a short and magical story about a slightly snooty, but altogether kind-hearted young girl named Rachel. Rachel has a secret, a secret she does not even know she has. One day she stumbles upon a seemingly ordinary bucket, though only seemingly. At school, Rachel meets a boy, a curious and silent boy. He is not like the other boys, especially not like the school bully Robin. With his arrival, questions begin to pile up. Of course, Rachel finds answers soon enough, though what she finds is somewhat shocking... and a bit funny. But that's to be expected in this waggish tale.
As I listened to The Bucket, I immediately felt a sense of nostalgia wash over me. Cattrell's fantastical story reminded me of why I fell in love with reading books in the first place. I am so grateful to have had the chance to experience this tale which is packed with wonder and magic. I had great fun in listening to the audio book for The Bucket. Its fast-paced plot kept my interest piqued and I breezed through it, never once wanting to stop. Despite its short length, The Bucket displays such phenomenal storytelling and exceptional character development. Be prepared for trolls, dragons, unicorns, and a lot of apples. The Bucket is a wonderful and humorous book.
Darren Gooding narrates The Bucket. Gooding gives every character a unique voice, and his narration adds even more color to this already fantastical story. Gooding has the voice of a natural storyteller.