About the Book
Summary: Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn’t know where she came from or who she really is. But when she’s transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination, gratitude, believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical.
* Available in English / French / Spanish *
My Thoughts: Magelica’s Voyage is an enchanting tale of a mysterious girl born out of sapphire-coloured egg, who goes on a magical journey as far as her imagination can soar. Magelica, along with her trusty sidekick, Tris the dragon, are magically transported to the Isle of Dreams escorted by a Warblegrif named Odin where Magelica meets Wally the Wizard, the giant turtle who carries the Isle of Dreams on his back, and the lovely Queen Raya who is searching for her lost son. Magelica touches each of these characters as she learns the importance of trust, gratitude, and love.
I couldn’t help feeling like I was living a dream as I was reading Magelica’s Voyage. This book is considered an early chapter book and the story rolls along smoothly, with scenes shifting quickly as Magelica is swept into a magical journey. The story is filled with fantastical creatures and fairy tale characters such as a dragon, a wizard, a large talking turtle, and a warblegrif (i.e., a puffy, purple creature). These all contribute to the dream-like quality of the story and will be sure to delight young children.
According to the back of the book, “Magelica was created to inspire young girls around the world to believe in themselves and to believe in the power of love and the magic of life.” This message is clearly stated by the Queen in response to Magelica’s yearning to know who she is, who her parents are, and where she comes from:
“You are who you make of yourself. This is true of us all…Live each day with an open heart…Believe in love and trust that you will find the answers you seek.”
As an added bonus in the back of the book, the author provides tips for how to nurture one’s imagination and provides a short interpretation guide to accompany the story. Very well done ~ the story has a deep and important underlying message about love and trust.
I love how this early chapter book includes full colour illustrations on every page spread. Most early chapter books I’ve run across have a few pencil drawings scattered throughout the book, but Magelica’s Voyage is almost a hybrid of a picture book and a chapter book. Although the illustrations appear to be computer-generated (which I’m not normally a huge fan of), this is a beautiful book to hold in your hands and read. As children become independent readers and the word density increases, I think there is still great value in including illustrations. My 11 year old daughter still asks to look at pictures if I am reading aloud to her and her brother.
My Bottom Line: Magelica’s Voyage is an enchanting early chapter book which has a dream-like quality. The first book, in what I hope will be a series, introduces the title character as she learns to use a magical feather to travel as far as her imagination will take her. This book has an important underlying message about trust, love, and using your imagination to make the most of your life. I would recommend this book to young girls aged 5 to 10 as a story to empower them and to help them believe in themselves. I hope to see more stories from this author about Magelica and her travels.
* I received this book free-of-charge from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own. The author is participating in our Book Promotion services.
More Buzz About the Book
“Magelica’s Voyage is an inspiring, magical tale of a world that I did not want to leave. The author’s imagination takes off with vivid magical characters transformed into beautiful illustrations that your child will love. At the Isle Of Dreams anything is possible including Wally the wizard, the benevolent queen, Odin and even a Warblegrif. In the Festival Of Cheer the message is clear; just be yourself and let love be your guide. When you open this book you’ll instantly discover that magic is indeed in the air.” ~ 5 Star Review, StevieV, Amazon
“This is a wonderful, enchanting book! The story is so imaginative and the illustrations are beautiful! It is delightful to join Magelica on her adventure to the Isle of Dreams, and it is great to see such a positive, confident heroine. I highly recommend this book!” ~ 5 Star Review, Laurie J., Amazon
“Magelica is easy to love; a child who accepts herself as she is but who questions the very world around her, is someone many children will be able to relate to. Give this wonderful story a try- you won’t be sorry you did.” ~ 5 Star Review, Shelley V., Amazon
“Magelica’s Voyage by Louise Courey Nadeau is a beautifully written enchanting tale filled with alluring adventure. The story is magnificently illustrated, from the winsome depiction of Magelica to the creative Isle of Dreams, the authors gifted imagination is prevalent on every page. I found Magelica’s Voyage to be a charming story with a very special message for all. I highly recommend picking up a copy..” ~ 5 Star Review, Stacie T., Amazon
“I purchased the book in August and since then, my 2 kids request to read it for them every single time. I travel and I have to read it over FaceTime to them as they do not want to miss when their mom is unable….Same Timezone has helped. I recommend it to every kid between the age of 3 until 9 whether it is a girl or boy. The energy when reading it is indescribable. I bought 2 versions (the english and the spanish). Both are well made and I recommend it to every parent that cares about how their children should be raised! Great buy and thank you for the author.” ~ 5 Star Review, Hassan, Amazon
About the Author: Louise Courey Nadeau
A marketing and advertising executive, a tireless fundraiser for many charities, a painter, gardener and mother to two daughters and two sons, Louise’s passions keep growing. Sensing the need to do more for young children in our challenging world and inspired by life itself, Louise created MAGELICA, a young girl with fairy blood and her own questions about life. In the first book of Magelica’s Voyage trilogy, Louise takes our winged heroine along with her fun and wacky friends to new worlds of magic and adventure, where the reader discovers the magic of life and the power of love and how faith in the unknown can create confidence and a sense of empowerment . More than a decade in the making and with new stories underway, Louise and MAGELICA intend to spread their magical feathers and create a bond with children and their caregivers around the globe.
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