As I live in Australia I received this a few weeks ago so have had time to savour it with my kids (ages 5 and 9). In short...its a fantastic book!
The book stands out becasue it is larger than the normal Geronimo Stilton books, with a hardcover and stitched binding. I have friends who had never heard of Geronimo Stilton and were drawn to the book's cover and format (regardless of their age).
The story centres around Geronimo's journey across 8 different kingdoms in The Kingdom Of Fantasy to rescue Blossom The Queen of the Fairies.
On his journey, he meets witches, mermaids, dragons, giants, gnomes, pixies, fairies and a menagerie of wonderful (and sometimes scary) characters and makes a number of new friends. Each kingdom has its own unique inhabitants, along with a signature color, gemstone, metal and musical note. There is also a unique task Geronimo and his friends must perform in order to progress to the next Kingdom.
There are puzzles, secret codes to decipher, heaps of maps and fact-files on the kingdoms. This makes the book last longer than the first read.
I'm sure this book will be a treasured part of our family for years to come.
Well done Scholastic, Edizioni Piemme and Geronimo Stilton!
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