Book Review: The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan & Ben Mantle

The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan & Ben Mantle is an enchanting fantasy adventure. At the heart of this story are twins Arthur and Rose, who once believed in and crafted the magical world of Roar, a place as real to them as their own home. But as they’ve grown older, the memories of Roar have begun to fade, dismissed as mere child’s play.

However, when the reality of their creation becomes undeniably clear, Arthur and Rose are called back to Roar, only to find it under threat. The world they once ruled as fearless kids is now overshadowed by a new, menacing force. With the land’s very existence hanging in the balance, the siblings must overcome their growing estrangement and rediscover their belief in magic, in Roar, and in each other.

Why The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan & Ben Mantle is Unforgettable

Rich Storytelling: McLachlan crafts a narrative that is both heartwarming and thrilling, as twins Arthur and Rose rediscover the magical world of Roar, a land they had invented in their childhood.

Stunning Illustrations: Mantle’s artwork vividly brings the wonders and dangers of Roar to life, encouraging readers to dive deep into their imaginations.

Themes & Topics for Classroom Discussion

Imagination and Creativity: The essence of Roar and the adventures within showcase the boundless possibilities of the imagination.

Siblings and Family: Explores the dynamics between Arthur and Rose, highlighting themes of rivalry, cooperation, and love.

Courage and Facing Fears: Characters confront their fears, teaching resilience and bravery.
The Power of Belief: Discusses how belief in oneself and in the magical can shape realities and relationships.

Discussion Starters

  1. How do Arthur and Rose’s personalities complement their journey in Roar? Discuss the importance of their differences.
  2. What role does imagination play in the twins’ adventure? How does this reflect on the reader’s own imaginative powers?
  3. Explore the theme of facing fears. How do the characters confront and overcome their fears in Roar?
  4. Discuss the significance of the land of Roar fading away. What does it symbolize about growing up and believing in magic?

Perfect For Ages: 8-12 years old, ideal for those who love diving into worlds where fantasy meets reality, and the lines between them blur in the most delightful ways.

Similar Reads: Fans of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis or Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie will find a familiar sense of wonder and adventure in Roar. It’s a book that echoes the timeless theme of never losing one’s sense of wonder, much like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

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