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Jul 14, 2009
Review: The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut
Title: The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut
Author: Paul Nowak
Genre: Childrens Chapter Book
The aim of this little book is to introduce readers to the work of G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) an influential 20th century English writer. It tells fictional stories that are based on events in Chesterton's life. It also conveys lessons that are based on Chesterton's writings. Paul Nowak is inspired by his own love of reading Chesterton and his desire to re-interpret him for young readers of today. The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut consists of four chapters which tell a story of a simple adventure experienced by Uncle Chestnut and his nephew Jack. After these four chapters there is a section with some information about G.K. Chesterton, a glossary of terms, quotes from G.K. Chesterton's writings and an authors note that tells about how he was inspired to write the book. It is intended as the first in a series of Uncle Chestnut books.
I really enjoyed this book and so did my eight year old daughter. It reminded me of the Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond because it is amusing for both adults and children. The dry English humor and the unique perspective of Uncle Chestnut bring to this book a delightful freshness. It is an interesting read whether or not you are familiar with the works of G.K. Chesterton. I found it very easy to imagine myself right there with Jack, trying to understand some of the strange behavior of Uncle Chestnut and not knowing whether to be proud or embarrassed by such a unique relative. The book is narrated by Jack and is told in a simple style that is perfect for children. It is peppered with little bits of wisdom that are grounded in daily life. It is through ordinary events like taking a train ride or babysitting toddlers that G.K. Chestertons ideas about life are revealed. I look forward to Paul Nowak's next installment of Uncle Chestnut.
Author Website: http://unclechestnut.com