The Grotto Under the Tree Book Review

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The Grotto Under the Tree Author John A. Theo Jr.

The Grotto Under the Tree

I thought this book was charming and creative, although a bit difficult to dive in at first. Our main characters, Sara and Sebastian are very brave and extremely curious, falling into a magical land that reminds me a bit of The Chronicles of Narnia with some similar elements, albeit the author brings new ideas, making this a unique adventure.

The dialogues between the characters become a bit cheesy and the big problem is solved just like a child would solve it, simple, without emphasizing much violence. It’s okay though, considering this is addressed to the younger audience, there’s enough violence as it is surrounding our lives without it tainting our children’s books.

Overall, this story shows off how important it is to be loyal to your friends, to cherish them with all your heart and to be brave for them when they need it the most. Even when it seems that darkness is here to stay, faith in yourself and to Him above in heaven is the last thing that you should ever lose.


♥♥♥♥ 4/5 Hearts (Book Ratings Guide)

About the Book:

Sebastian and Sara mistakenly descend into a mystical land where elves, mermaids, gnomes and other mythological creatures live. The two discover they have stumbled into an ancient battle between these fair folk and evil creatures called the Kylo. Their guide on this journey is Capri, an elf lord who is on a quest to find his lost tribe. The Kylo chase the children and Capri in his flying galleon north into the Arctic Circle where they find the most unlikely ally. During the final battle the children learn about sacrifice, love and ultimately forgiveness.

  • Title: The Grotto Under the Tree
  • Author: John A. Theo Jr.
  • E-book: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Astraea Press

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  1. The first thing that catches your attention in this books is the lovely cover- Love it! And love the sound of this book too, just wish it could have been a bit longer…

  2. Haven’t heard of this book before. Like to read about different creatures.

  3. Kitty Man says:

    great review!!! I’ll read it when i have time

  4. Cali W. says:

    Awesome review! I love creative books like this. :)

  5. Jaime Lester says:

    This sounds like a very cure read, but one that I would recommend to my younger cousins and nieces. I feel like I may be a bit too old for this one. I do love MG reads, but I like the ones that are a little more grown up. This one sounds a little too cute and innocent!

  6. I love getting lost in a good juvenile/middle-grade fantasy every now and then and a comparison to The Chronicles of Narnia does it for me! I’m also a big fan of traditional art and think the cover is just lovely. :)

  7. H.D. Worley says:

    It sounds good to me. I am tired of all the violence that re in books and movies for kids these days. At a very young age “cheesy” is preferable to what is out there.

  8. It’s too bad it took you a while to get into it. But at least you enjoyed the world. In a way it’s good there wasn’t a lot of rated material if it’s for an MG audience:))

    Lovely review:)

  9. Based on your review, this sounds like a book I would read. I love the Chronicle of Narnia, I watch it whenever it comes on! I’m not big on too much romance and violence in children’s literature so I’m cool with a little cheesy-ness :D I will have to see if I can find this at my local library. Thank you for the review

  10. Sabrina says:

    I love Narnia! My brother would love this! Thank you!

  11. Melinda Dartmann says:

    If this is anything like Narnia, it will be on my Christmas List for my Grandson!!! He loves, loves, loves books like this!

  12. Mya Murphy says:

    I love Narnia, so I would probably like this. However, if it doesn’t capture me right off, it’s hard for me to continue…

  13. First of all, that cover is amazing! I love mythical lands with elves and mermaids! Sounds like solid good fantasy which I adore ^_^

    Great review too.

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