Everyone has a talent in Someplace Else and eight year old Mica Mishti, who is magically transported to Someplace Else, must find a talent real soon, to escape being axed.In an adventure that was waiting to happen, Mica meets King Ginger, who yearns to fly, Gold Button, who heads a troop of button soldiers and one eyed Gren, who becomes her ally and friend. Mica in SomeplaEveryone has a talent in Someplace Else and eight year old Mica Mishti, who is magically transported to Someplace Else, must find a talent real soon, to escape being axed.In an adventure that was waiting to happen, Mica meets King Ginger, who yearns to fly, Gold Button, who heads a troop of button soldiers and one eyed Gren, who becomes her ally and friend. Mica in Someplace Else was written around nine year old Aagneya’s sketches, inspired by the books he was reading. Saluting Aagneya’s indomitable spirit in fighting chronic kidney disorder, due to congenital causes, part proceeds from royalties of this e-book will go towards his medical treatment....
|Title||:||Mica in Someplace Else, #1|
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|Number of Pages||:||46 Pages|
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Mica in Someplace Else, #1 Reviews
The Mudblood on the Knight BusA Review of Mica in Someplace ElseThe book is the a journey of belonging, self recognition and humour. It follows the eponymous character, Mica into Someplace Else as she discovers herself. Reading through her initial journey, I can’t help but be reminded of Salman Rushdie’s second children’s novel, Luka and the Fire of Life, where Luka journeys to the ‘World of Magic’ with companions who are characters of comic relief. The magical realism is potently effective. In addition, there’s the added point of Mica having to be special to be in Someplace Else and yet doesn’t think that there is anything special about herself.The illustrations, whilst reminiscent of the Little Prince, don’t approach the support the story as the Little Prince, yet exudes a confident memory of a maritime Hansel and Gretel: anchoring your way to the end - the bread pieces of the story in the form of illustrations as important as the bread of communion. It allows the reader to wear the right shoes through the book - that of the its ideal reader, the shoes of a child.Like the mudblood on the knight bus, Mica can’t have trespassed into this world. She belongs - or how would she have found it? Mudbloods are witches and wizards in the world of Harry Potter who are born with magic despite having Muggle (non-magical) parents. The Knight Bus is a transportation service that only a witch or wizard can herald and enter. No muggle may enter. And if a daughter of muggles were to find herself talking to Stan Shunpike she is handed a confirmation of her magical blood more so than a Hogwarts letter. In a way, it’s the anthropic principle. Mica is questioned of her special ability despite needing one to enter Someplace Else - but if Mica is questioned at all in Someplace Else, she has a talent as a consequence.Despite conveying a supreme sense of intertextuality, having met the author, I must confess that most of my references to other stories in this domain in lieu of review come from my own reading and these tropes of children’s fiction are entirely coincidental in their occurrences within the story. The alliterative nature of names: Gren, Gold, Gator, Ginger makes for easy recall and some fun phonetic word play. These incidental usage of plot and character tropes commonly found in children’s fiction adds to its allure.However, there does seem to be a want of more motivation in the novel. If you allow for a prose style more suited to fiction, Mica reads like a journalistic perspective of Mica’s journey. No matter how far you are into the story, there’s a sense of a lack of motivation in Mica’s journey that makes you question her actions and decisions. Her motives are told yet not shown. She is unhappy with her mother - but why? What compels her to undergo this Walter Mitty journey in quest for rediscovering humour? Is it the implied nature of her existence that makes her seek excitement? Perhaps these motivations are not of consideration to the idle reader and hence are omitted.The prose is filled with the bebop like rhythm, flowing gently off your tongue when read aloud and decrying the lack of an audiobook version of the book. It’s a wonderful read in itself but more so if read aloud. And the incidents of irony are remarkably humourous. For instance, when questioned about her talent, we are treated to the following exchange:“Hunh, everyone has a talent, you’re not special are you, to be talentless?”“You’re saying it all wrong; I have to be special to be talented.”“No, King Ginger is special, and he doesn’t have a talent.”The idea of making every child special has been a downside of the current method of primary school education merely because they try to paint the brush of speciality on everyone, leaving us with an Orwellian method of deciding on betters: Some are more equal than others. However, the story doesn’t treat the theme with such levity, emphasizing that we are all special yet not in the same way. The story allows for one’s speciality to be another’s weakness. In fact, this pairing in comedy has been the success of most comedic double acts of history. Mica’s talent for being funny is amplified by her contrast with demeanour of other characters.Much like Luka’s return to Kahani in Luka and the Fire of Life, Mica’s return isn’t heralded as such - she would’ve had to go somewhere to return. However, with another endearing nod towards magic realism, Mica’s mother seems to be aware of her journey, like Luka’s mother on his return.A lovely read for children, providing the accessibility to fantasy with impeccable prose without the hindrance of complicated vocabulary. And a lovely read for adults too - no better inebriation alone than with this book in hand.