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Title: The Princess and The Valley Man;
Luna and Solis’s Adventures in Death Valley
Authors: Dorota Kluza and Evan Williams
Illustrator: Malgorzata Barcikowska-Nazarczuk
Release Date: 30th January 2020
Page Count: 100
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
What a great way to tell the story of Death Valley this proved to be. It is a well written adventure story with facts interwoven into the story making it educational in a fun way. It is beautifully illustrated, too, helping bring the setting and story to life visually as well as in the story. As they journey through the different areas and sights of Death Valley, Solis and Princess Luna meet meet weird and wonderful creatures, have challenges and puzzles to solve. There are some fascinating facts and even a quiz about Death Valley after the story. There’s even a hint that there may be future adventures for this intrepid duo in future set in the Grand Canyon. If so, I hope I get to read it!
Whilst this is aimed at Middle Grade readers, it is an entertaining and educational book that will appeal to older readers, too. It is a fun read that I really enjoyed and I could certainly envisage using it with children if I was going to be basing any work on Death Valley – it is the kind of story that educates without indoctrinating or being too heavy. Congratulations on a great book to all concerned!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
The Princess and the Valley Man is an enthralling, educational tale of adventure, fantastic creatures, and dashing acts of bravery!
Join Solis and Princess Luna, on an amazing journey through the Earth’s most unusual place: Death Valley. Luna, a princess from a kingdom in a far-away star, is curious to see the sights in Death Valley. And Solis, smitten by Luna’s beauty, is only too happy to indulge her.
They travel through landscapes – from the exhilarating Sea of Sand to the majestic Canyon of Marble to the eerily frightening Mysterious Cave – forming new friendships and gaining a deep understanding of each other.
Meet fantastic creatures – from moving rock formations, to Kiko the talking bird, even mysterious inhabitants of a ghost town – and be with Solis and Princess Luna as they dodge challenges, solve puzzles, craft clever solutions and find a way out of hairy situations.
More important, discover how to love with all your heart, the most seemingly unlovable place on Earth.
Dorota Kluza was born on September 27, 1976 in Lubin. She graduated with two masters degrees in law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań as well as at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). She is a world traveler, writer, actress, model, and translator. She speaks Polish as her native tongue, then also English, German, Spanish and some Russian as well. Privately, she is passionate about traveling, music, dancing, cinema as well extreme sports and scuba diving. The magic of connecting with nature inspired her to create the tale of The Princess and the Valley Man. She hopes the story will transport the readers to another time and place. Her life motto is: Sky has no limits.
Evan Williams was born and raised in a small town called Tremonton in Northern Utah. He served in the United States Army for nearly 9 years where he had the opportunity to travel all over Europe and the Middle East. Later on he moved to Southern Utah and attended the Southern Utah University where he earned a bachelor degree in national resource management. During and after his studies he worked for the National Park Service as a Park Ranger at The Grand Canyon and Death Valley national parks. His Park Ranger experience and love for traveling, adventure, and the great outdoors gave him inspiration to write the tales of The Princess and the Valley Man.
Malgorzata Barcikowska-Nazarczuk was born in 1975 in Malbork but living in Warsaw now. She graduated from the State Secondary School of Fine Arts in Olsztyn and then the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Her works are admired in Poland and abroad. She creates new projects, and her exhibitions and artistic shows are highly appreciated. The greatest inspirations for the artist are two daughters, nature and dreams. She loves reading, designing, cooking and traveling. Drawing illustrations for books is one of her greatest childhood dreams.
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