Apr. 19th, 2011

booksofafeather: A book and candlestick, with a feather lying across the pages. (Default)
Short review: A boy feels trapped on the island where he lives and dreams of flying to escape, but finds out that the gift he has been granted is too much for him. This story clearly falls into the category of "be careful what you wish for" stories (even the back of the book has "be careful what you wish for" written on it), about a child doing something foolish against the wishes of his parents, usually because he feels he's stuck in a bad situation, and then turning back to normal realising how lucky he is to have a normal life. It's a story for scared parents to read to their children and hope that they become more careful... not a story that really sparks any child's heart. The story is quite simple and obvious, and there isn't much for winged people... it's not recommended.

Writing: The writing is average and quite simple... this is another children's book that has bad humour too, that makes the story feel less serious and real.

From a winged person's perspective...: There are a few things in here for winged people, but they are things you can find in much better books too. If you were stuck on an island and this was the only book you had, I can't say "don't read it" because there are a few inspiring parts, but, there's no need to buy it unless you are absolutely collecting every book that mentions winged people and flight. The story talks about "body flying" which is an interesting way of calling what happens in many books, the supernatural flying of humans without wings... body flying is a sport in this world of course and if you do body flying to feel your wings better, you might like this. There are also a few of the usual parts about how flying is natural and everyone dreams of it, and how joyful it is, which are nice but they're the only good thing in the book really.

Trigger warnings: Nothing that I noticed, other than the "just want to be normal" theme, which is not that strong even... the book doesn't deal strongly with the theme of not being a normal person, but, instead, he wants the flying for a practical reason and he gets rid of the flying for a practical reason. It's not much about identity, which makes it not triggery but also makes it not much interesting to this reviewer.

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