*This book was given as a complimentary copy to Mama Buzz Reviewers by David C. Cook and Mike Mason, for blog tour and promotion purposes.
The Blue Umbrella: retails for $14.99
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The Blue Umbrella, by Mike Mason from David C. Cook on Vimeo.
For example, when Zac, the boy in the book, is given a beating with a cane, he is supposed to ask, "May I please have another one?" after each one. Later, one of the "aunties" canes her equal-peered sister and the sister too, must ask, "Please, may I have another one?" This to me, was almost like a sexual-bondage overtone and made me feel. . . weird.
It also made me think, "This is not a book for a 9 year old to read!"
That being said, in the second half of the book, as puzzle pieces began to fall into place, the book made more sense, as did the strange evil that the characters lived with and by the time I turned the last page, I decided it was a book that I liked. It is not, however, a book I would recommend to parents of 9 year olds. More along the 13-15 year old age bracket--maybe. And even then, as a conservative Christian parent, I would take the opportunity to discuss what, yes, even my teen was reading, should they read it.
For those who are used to the sexually overtoned evil of Lemony Snicket or the darkness of Harry Potter and have no issues with those books, then The Blue Umbrella will not be an issue--though perhaps it should be as I believe parents need to be sensitive to their child's reading material.
I look forward to future books, both as a reader, as well as a parent and an individual who works with teens. I am curious to see what Mike Mason will deliver in future writing to this age bracket.
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