I had the pleasure and the opportunity to review a book from the series Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. As you have read before, I enjoy doing book reviews of books from all genres and written for all ages. I was excited to be part of this opportunity because I could share this exciting opportunity with my children. It was fun to have my 12-year old read the book and share his opinion of the story. And, it gave us time to talk and compare notes.
When we received the books, I gave my son the opportunity to pick which book he wanted us to read and review. After careful consideration, he decided we should read Travels With Gannon and Wyatt: Egypt. After reading the book, I was intrigued as well, and couldn’t wait to get started reading. I decided that I would let Jeremy read it first, and I would read it next. We wound up cuddled on the couch together, taking turns reading. I found that the journal entries make it very easy for parents and children to read the books together, as they can be read one at a time. You can have a discussion with your child after each entry.
I have read other Young Readers series, and sometimes I think they are written at an age level that is centered around an older audience, even though they are classed as ages 8-12. I did not find that in the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. I found it to be age appropriate and informative, which is hard to find in some books today. I am not much of a history reader, but I found myself truly enjoying reading about Egyptian history, Cleopatra, and archaeology. Jeremy found the book interesting because it made similar references to a well-known movie about archaeology. He said it was fun and interesting to be reading about digs, sand storms, and snakes. All the things boys are interested in. He also enjoyed the journal entries and the pictures found in the book. Jeremy also commented that he enjoyed the fun at the beginning of the book, mostly because he tends to tease his brother and play practical jokes.
But the Mom side of me found an interesting theme to Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. Without giving away too much, the book showed readers that even adults can become afraid of things. And that they are not afraid to admit that are frightened by different situations. And that if you need to walk away from a scary situation, there is nothing to be ashamed of. I also felt that the book also stressed that you can face your fear and return to a scary situation. I think that was a great message the authors gave the children reading the series. A lot of book series out there do not have an underlying theme, and I think the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt did a great job.
I think that the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt is a great series for children to read. And what is great is that girls will enjoy it just as much as the boys will. The girls will love learning about Cleopatra, and how girls can be part of research as well. I think that the photos and maps will appeal to all the children reading the books. So, take a moment and get this series for all the kids in your family. They will truly enjoy it.
Other books in the series include: Botswana(released May 2013), Great Bear Rainforest(released October 2013), and Egypt, which will be coming out in January 2014. They can be found at Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.