The following are some reviews of Gertrude’s Broken Wand, Book One in the Marmalade series:
Gertrude’s Broken Wand is a wonderful book! Kids and adult’s alike will enjoy the adventures of twin siblings Rebecca and Dillon. The parallel world of “Here” is intriguing and keeps the reader wondering what is around the next enchanted tree or rock. Interesting characters are throughout the whole book. From Gertrude, the 3 foot witch, Bortux the Ogre, Turkley the goat man who fixes magic wands, to the castle guard who ages when he leaves the inside walls of the castle and we can’t forget the Dragon Army…. this book holds adventure after adventure. As a reader you will not be able to put the book down till the last page has been read and you will be waiting on pins and needles for the next one! Author, Jason Thibeault has created an amazing new world for all to enjoy!! — De Anna
Marmalade is a well written children’s fantasy book. It’s the story of two fourth grade twins, who both fall into a strange situation. They find themselves in a strange new world, with scary creatures, and a lot of mystery. This book, though for children captivated me and kept me turning the pages…This colorful story doesn’t talk down to children. It is written in a way that’s easy to read, yet challenging…I really enjoyed reading this book and my daughter enjoyed it as well. I had to pull it out from under her last night because she fell asleep with it. I can’t wait to read more books in this series! Way to go Mr. Thibeault on creating a book that has the potential of becoming a classic.
Sounds awesome right? It is and it fits right in with Halloween. I loved that my kids begged for more when we stopped for the night. My kids sighed and said “Awe mom!” They wanted me to keep reading. There are not many books that keep my kids asking for more but this is one of them. Now they can’t wait for the second book. So if you love Halloween and love good books then this book is the right one for you and your family. I recommend getting this book. I also challenge to you put it down if you can.
Marmalade is a book that today’s child is sure to love! Just from the back cover, I felt a flood of memories come back about books and movies including Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Goosebumps, and many Halloween-themed stories…Jason Thibeault, the author of Gertrude’s Broken Wand, has started what I believe to be a new reading sensation among young readers. I know I can’t wait to read book two, “Forget-me-Knot” – a sneak peek of the second book is included at the end of book one! This opens the door for you as a parent to ask your child “What if?” and “What do you think will happen next?” questions. Asking questions like these will allow their imagination to soar into new places!
[From the point-of-view of a 10-year old]. Gertrude’s broken wand was the best book i ever read. It was about twins who get lost in this mystical world. The girl winds up in the world called here. While their she brakes her magical wand and has to go on an adventure to fix the wand…This book was very good and i hope this review inspires you to read it…
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This new book was just released on 10/22 and I had the privilege of getting a signed copy to preview and review with my son and my nephew. My son is in 1st grade and my nephew is in 4th. My nephew had no problem breezing through the book chapter by chapter and was very engaged when doing so. My son could do some of the reading, but preferred me to read the story to him. Both of the boys enjoyed the the plot line of the book.
The book is filled with wit, adventure and mystery and my daughter has absolutely loved reading each chapter. Whether we read it together or she does on her own, she is always excited to tell me what has happened in the land of here.
[From the point-of-view of a 7-year old]. “It’s a very different chapter book then all the chapter books I’ve read. It’s about a broken wand and it has lots of adventures, some parts I found really funny. After I’m done this book, I can’t wait to read more of Jason’s books!”
When you have a younger reader in the house, it is nice to have a story that engages their imagination some while not being too difficult to tackle. Gertrude’s Broken Wand, the first book in the new Marmalade series, meets such a need…Jason Thibeault appears to have made a great start for a new series that will find plenty of fans out there. Gertrude’s Broken Wand just sets the stage for the world he has manufactured.
This book is engaging and perfect to read to your little ones around this time of year. Older children in elementary school can read this on their own too, especially if they enjoy books like Goosebumps, the Wayside Schools, and Dragon Slayer Academy. At 113 pages long, your young bookworms can probably get through this book pretty quickly.
This book gave plenty of interactive opportunities, such as saying “I wonder what will happen next” and having your child share their thoughts on what they think will happened. D is 6 and she thoroughly enjoyed having the book read to her; it really held her attention and kept her in suspense
Gertrude’s Broken Wand was a great book. I thought the book would be about a girl named Gertrude but really it was about Rebecca who breaks Gertrude’s wand. I was worried the book would be for girls but it actually is a really good book full of ogres, werewolves, and witches.
Best of all the book was funny. You would think a story about werewolves would be scary but this book is more funny then scary. Rebecca always seemed to have someone to help her out of the pickles she was in. I wish there was more about Dillon and the dragon army in the story but I think we will learn more about them in some of the other Marmalade books.
Gertrude’s Broken Wand was a hit with all three of my big kids. The magic and fantasy appealed to my girls, while John David got a kick out of the monsters and werewolves. I think the girls enjoyed it a bit more than John, though. The kids were also a big fan of the quick chapters and a storyline that moved along at a good pace. Definitely no boring parts.