Book Review: Gerald and the Wee People by Greta Burroughs

Title: Gerald and the Wee People

Author: Greta Burroughs

Type of Book: YA Fantasy

Book Summary:

Gerald and his best friend, Vernon discover a mysterious spot in the woods where Gerald visualizes a miniature village complete with wee inhabitants. He enjoys going back to that spot and watching the day to day activities until trouble starts in the village and he tries to convince Vernon that the “visions” are real and the wee people need help.

While trying to prove that the whole thing is just Gerald’s wild imagination, the boys literally fall into the new world and get caught up in a war. The boys come up with ways to keep the invading force from entering the village but another solution has to be found in order to put an end to the conflict.

Along with a few companions from the village, Gerald and Vernon embark on a quest to face down the deranged forest god who instigated the mayhem. The dangerous path is laid out by an ancient prophecy, but not everything goes as planned.

Cege’s Review:

I knew as soon as I started reading Gerald and the Wee People that I needed to find the perfect person to help me review this book.  While I was entertained by Gerald and Vernon’s adventure trying to save the Wee People from the misshapen ones and the treachery of the forest god, I knew that I wasn’t exactly the book’s target audience.

Gerald and the Wee People is chock full of adventures, battles, magic, and mystical creatures encountered by the book’s heroes.  Who would love this book and be able to read it in time to help me with my review?  And then I recruited someone who jumped at the chance to share his viewpoint with the whole internet: my 10-year old son (whose nickname is RyRy).

When I turned him loose on the book, he promptly devoured it (I was so proud). So I am happily sharing RyRy’s thoughts here as well as my own.

What was your favorite part of Gerald and the Wee People?

RyRy: My favorite part of the book was when Gerald was in Miach’s cave and was having his mind messed with because of the descriptive choice of words. It really gave me a lots of vivid imagery.

What was your least favorite part of the book?

RyRy: My least favorite part was the journey to Miach’s cave because it seemed to just go on a long time.

Who was your favorite character?

RyRy: My favorite character was Sheela because of her magical talents and I think that is really cool.

Cege: My favorite character was Dora. I’m very partial to strong female characters, and Dora spoke her mind and I thought was a fair and honest elder for the Wee People.

Would you like to visit the village of the Wee People?

RyRy: Yes, I would like to because I would like to see all of the jobs of the Wee People and experience life in their village.

**Spoiler Alert**

Do you think it was the right thing for Gerald to let George keep his secret?

RyRy: No, because George terrorized the Wee people and didn’t care. He was going to kill everybody with him just because he couldn’t get what he wanted.

Cege: I’m going to agree with RyRy on this one, but that’s probably just my jaded adult perspective! In all actuality, by letting George keep his secret, I think the author is teaching kids a valuable life lesson: if someone is truly sorry, then he should be forgiven, and that even the most terrible of villains have good qualities and can change.

What kind of job do you think George will have in the village?

RyRy: I think George would be a materials gatherer or a sort of “jack-of-all-trades” to fulfill all of the needs of the village.

What would you like to see happen next for Gerald and the Wee People?

RyRy: I would like to see Gerald become a more skilled far-seer and become an elder.

As a parent, this is exactly the type of book that I am delighted to see my son read.  The fantasy elements are just right and the author brought together the right blend of action and character development to keep a reader of his age entertained.

RyRy’s Rating: 4.5/5

*Reviewer Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of Gerald and the Wee People for review.*

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