Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Landon Snow and the Auctor's Riddle

If you enjoyed Alice in Wonderland as a child, you will appreciate Landon Snow and the Auctor's Riddle. This beautiful hardcover children's book is R. K. Mortenson's debut novel. You can read the first chapter here. It's a .pdf download, so (on my computer) it takes awhile to load. Of course, I don't need to read the download, because I have the book right here beside me :)

Landon is an eleven-year old boy who likes to have reasons for everything. In this story, his mind is occupied with this riddle:
Could it be chance, mere circumstance
That man eats cow eats grass eats soil
And then man dies, and when he lies
To soil he does return?

Landon learns that the word auctor is a Latin noun meaning creator or originator. Follow Landon's adventures in a fantasy sub-world of his local library as he learns the answer to this riddle.

If you have an 8-12 year old child on your Christmas list, why don't you look for this book? It would make a great gift. More Landon Snow adventures are forthcoming from Randy, starting with Landon Snow and the Shadows of Malus Quidam in the spring of 2006. I have no idea what a Malus Quidam is. Do you?


Karenee said...

Hmmm... This looks readable, and very cute!

The Curmudgeon's Rant said...

I agree, it was a nice book. As for the meaning of “Malus Quidam”. My Latin stinks but I think it roughly translates as “Evil Dude”.

Valerie Comer said...

Evil dude, huh? Hmm. Karen, your daughter number one would probably love to have this read to her. :)

M. C. Pearson said...

Hey! Here from the blog alliance. In my review, I also talk about Alice in Wonderland. How curious. :-)

Karenee said...

I'd love to read it to her, but our library is not as open to suggestion as yours... Maybe one day.