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Our Literary Empath

Our Literary Empath

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Eva is the big time reader in our family. She has been reading all the Harry Potter books for years and she was resistant to reading the Percy Jackson series. Then we went to see The Lightning Thief The Musical almost a year ago. Once she saw the musical she feel in love with the character of Annabeth. Then she dove head first into Rick Riordan’s world of Greek and Roman demigods.

I had read the Percy Jackson series and started the second series with all new characters as well as those we’ve come to know and love. Once that was finished we started the third series called The Trials of Apollo and this is where Rick really threw us and emotional knuckle-ball. I had been listening to the 3rd book through Audible as Eva read the book. I was ahead of Eva and I learned that a major character dies. I had to prepare myself for when Eva read that chapter. She read the chapter this morning and stopped reading the book. She had to leave it alone for a while because she was quite sad about the fate of the character. When we discussed it together she has decided that this series doesn’t count and that the character is happy and alive. If only.

Review: Patrick Barney’s A Journey Into the Hinterland Coloring Safari Book

Coloring Book

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We received a copy of Patrick Barney’s Journey Into the Hinterland to use and review. Opinions are our own.

There are kids coloring books and adult coloring books but what about coloring books for teens and tweens? Coloring is a fun way to relax and chill out. I definitely believe that our teens and tweens need that chill out time more than most. With all the screens and things coming at them it is nice to get some time to unplug and just be creative. So, when I was asked if I wanted to review a new coloring book series from High school teacher-turned-author, Patrick Barney, I said yes.

Patrick has not only made straight up coloring books but also books that are both coloring books and mazes. He’s interwoven his mazes into the narrative of the coloring book adventure. We went with the coloring book A Journey Into the Hinterland. The book has 50 pages for coloring. The style is interesting, it seems like doodles that you would find a tween or teen making. Bug eyed animals that look vaguely like the animals but have a charm to them. There are tons of things to color, too. lots of designs and details and humor. the book has some very humorous pages found within.

Patrick also has a set of books around a couple of characters called Wally & Sidny and Juniper & Sally. His books Wally & Sidny – Travels ($10) and Juniper & Sally – Travels ($10) are sci-fi in theme. They are 71 pages and are both coloring books and elaborate maze books.

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“Each page of the maze is pictorial,” explains Barney in one of the newest of his 16 books in Barnes & Noble’s online library, “involving places and creatures shown by Wally & Sidny and Juniper & Sally in their previous ‘Travels’ books. I’m not aware of any other previous maze books done in this style and manner.”

One advantage mazes like Barney’s can provide is that the ultimate goal is basic – just find the way out. And while kids are having fun, they experience a boost in their problem solving, visual motor and fine motor skills. Both hemispheres of the brain get a workout and kids have a marvelous story to tell their friends when done.

In addition to the aMAZEing book, now online at Barnes & Noble are three more of Barney’s coloring books: Caravan of Creatures, A Journey into the Hinterland and The Floppy Eared Bipedal Pachyderm & Other Oddities. Each paperback retails for $10.

You can learn more about Patrick Barney and his books at There you can order his books through Barnes and