What is it?
A story book which is part of the Lego Elves series.
Who is it by?
Published by Scholastic.
What is it about?
We are introduced to Emily Jones at the start of the book. She misses her grandmother who has recently died. They used to take long walks in the garden where her grandmother would talk to her about the plants and flowers. Her grandmother leaves a large pendant for her, which seems to have some sort of magic.
One day, while walking in the garden, she stumbles upon a portal taking her into another world – Elvendale.
There, she meets some elves: Azari (a fire elf), Farran (an earth elf), Aira (a wind elf) and Naida (a water elf).
The elves try to help Emily get back home. The portal she came through seems to be closed and won’t open from the Elvendale side.
Aira remembers a legend about an exit portal in a castle and there being four keys to open it. They belonged to four sisters. There’s even a map to the keys.
Now, all they have to do is find the map and then find the keys.
Will Emily and her new friends find the portal to get her home?
What can children learn from it?
This is a nice book about making friends, friendships, teamwork and learning to put our talents and skills to good use.
What did I like about it?
This thin 125-page book is very easy reading. The characters are all likeable and it feels like another tried and tested formula (reminds me of Tinker Bell and Winx).
There is potential for more great stories as Emily goes back into Elvendale to explore and have more adventures with her elf friends. You can see that will happen even as you read the first book.
Starting the book with Emily’s grandmother’s death was a nice way to get the readers to sympathise with her. Having her go through feelings of loss and sadness makes her relatable and likeable.
I just wish the obstacles the characters faced were more challenging or threatening. Hopefully the other books in this series will have more action and adventure.
I know that this is part of the big Lego mega merchandising plan, but it’s still a decent read. IMHO, any item that could result in parents forking out money to buy more toys should come with a warning … so be warned.
Where to get it?
Scholastic books are available at major bookstores, or the bookstore can order it for you.
Should you get it?