Dreaming Big Publications
Review by Ariel
ABOUT THE BOOK
Carlos and Indiana find a website that promises to find them pen pals from outer space. Imagine their surprise and excitement when they are paired with Mannie and Kossie, two children from Jupiter! The two pairs of pen pals are excited to learn about each other and their planets, and are even more excited to learn they may be able to visit! Will the other Earthlings be as open to a visit from aliens from Jupiter, though?
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book. This book would be best suited for young children. Because the writing is juvenile, it was not a truly elevated plot. Kids on Earth email kids on Jupiter. There’s not much to this book other than emails. In my English major mind, I would like to think that the author wanted the novel to be allegorical for diversity and coexisting with others that are different, but I may be giving the book too much credit. This could have been smarter and more complex with the plot. There could have been so much more to this book, but there was not. The only thing that I enjoyed about the book were the main characters.
What I liked about the book were the characters of Carlos and Indiana. I appreciated that fact that Carlos, as a main character, is a Hispanic boy and that Indiana, his best friend, is a girl. I enjoyed their interactions and how normal they were. When it comes to diverse characters and relationships in children’s novels, this is a step in the right direction of normalizing Hispanic and boy-girl friendships. I hope that aspect inspires young readers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Celine is a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT where she majored in Business Administration with a minor in English. Since a child, she always loved to write and when she was a senior in High School she began sending her work to publishers. You can find Celine on her web site: http://crmenterprises-homebusiness.com.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.