Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hearts Are Not Ticklish: Review

Hearts Are Not Ticklish
Hearts Are Not Ticklish
Author: Rich Baron
Illustrator: Marina Roselli
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 148
Life in the land of Desmonia, despite the fact that each person possesses the ability to fly, has become completely regimented. Rules are automatically adhered to; the King's mysterious illness is never questioned; all jobs are dutifully performed; even the pursuit of fun has become routine. Interestingly, the citizens of Desmonia are very content with this complacent, uneventful, rule-regulated life style...

During her first flying lesson, a ten year-old girl unknowingly violates one of Desmonia's oldest, most obscure rules. When the girl, as a result of her action, faces the cruelest of punishments, the typically upbeat mood in Desmonia takes a somber turn. Will either the esteemed Professor Swatit, torn between conscience and compassion, the King, struggling within a world of private torment, or the citizenry, all-accepting in their response to authority, be able to save the girl? Or, does this child have to suffer a horrible fate before the stagnation that has gripped Desmonia becomes a thing of the past? (Goodreads)
My Thoughts:
In Desmonia, all of the citizens have the ability to fly. Life in Desmonia is regulated by the many, many rules but nobody thinks twice about them until one day, a ten year old girl breaks a rule. She giggles during her first flying lesson, a rule unknown by most everyone, and she faces a harsh punishment. Will she be saved or will she have to suffer this horrible consequence?
This book was definitely different. They all live in this world with all these rules and they never question them. That's just the way it is. That's the life they have always known and they also know that's why they are able to have such a nice, safe, peaceful life. But some of the rules are ridiculous and the one the little girl is going to be punished for nobody even knew existed. The punishment will ruin her and her family's life forever. It really makes you think if it's good to question authority sometimes if you really believe in something. Just because it's against the rules does that make it wrong? Or does that make the punishment right? Something to think about I guess. This was a cute little story. It would be interesting to hear a child's opinion on the book.
* I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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