MS Fantasy Review – Mesopo

ABOUT THE BOOK

Mesopo

Written by Eva Dietrich

Illustrated by Ingrid Kallick

Ages 9+ | 338 pages

Publisher: Independently published | ISBN-13: 978-1731518217

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Publisher’s Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Ankido is on a quest to save his missing father through the magical realm of Mesopo.

Mesopo is the land where all fantasy originates, a land whose words and language are in peril. Can Ankido save his father and restore all these words in time?

It was a red velvet box, the size of a school book. Ankido lifted the lid, revealing an old-fashioned quill made out of a reed. It smelled remote and otherworldly. Ancient. And for a reason he couldn’t explain, everything felt all right for a moment.

He thought he caught a sound flowing out of the quill, a word maybe. He wasn’t sure and he shook his head. This was ridiculous. No, he surely must have been mistaken. But there! There was the sound again. This time Ankido was sure of it.

“Mesopo” … whispered in a way that slipped around the room like the warm breeze of the desert.

PURCHASE LINKS

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Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781733367103

MY REVIEW

Dietrich, Eva. Mesopo. Illustrated by Ingrid Kallick. NP: Sable Books, 2018.

I am always interested in reading fantasy for middle schoolers and eagerly anticipate a new book. Unfortunately, Mesopo did not live up to my expectations. I liked the concept Eva Deitrich had for the book – traveling to a world of fantasy characters in order to save the words of stories for future generations. However, I found the plot difficult to follow. In my opinion the book was not as well written as it needed to be. I am not sure it will hold the attention of children. While I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened to the characters, I could not always make sense of what was happening. 

There were just a few illustrations by Ingrid Kallick in the version I had. I found them to be well done. I wish that there had been more. 

The dialogue also includes some profanity. There are only a handful of instances and usually when the character is displaying anger, but I did not feel it was necessary. 

I personally would not purchase Mesopo for a school library, but if you are a librarian, I recommend you read the book for yourself and form your own opinion.

A copy of the book was provided to me by The Children’s Book Review and Eva Dietrich. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eva Dietrich is the author of The Great Rainbow Hug (Le gros câlin arc-en-ciel, from Samir Editeur, 2011), recognized by La Revue Des Livres Pour Enfants in 2011 as their annual selection. Eva holds Masters’ Degrees in Children’s Literature from the University of Surrey, London, and Creative Writing from the Metropolitan University of Manchester, UK, and is the founder and director of Aladdin Books. She is equal parts Spanish and German, and currently resides in Madrid with her three kids, three dogs, two cats, three rabbits, and lots of hens.

For more information, visit https://www.aladdin-books.com/

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