selection of my 5 star reviews, all of which are found on Amazon.
"Unlocking the Poet's Realm" rarely recieves less than a 4
star rating. To view all reviews click here:
A captivating story with a positive message!
By ChildrensNook (Appleton, WI)
This book has a very positive message that encourages children
and young adults to be confident and believe in themselves. The main
character, Minnie, is a very smart girl with many abilities but strives
to be invisible due the fact she is the main target of a couple bullies.
She seeks comfort and friendship from animals and her neighbor(He is
also an outcast). As a school counselor, I love that this book addresses
bullying in such an entertaining story......because children will
actually read it! I have a feeling many school librarians will be seeing
this book checked out on a regular basis!
While hiding from
bullies, Minnie finds herself transported into the land and time of
Buval. As for Minnie's adventure in Buval, any reader will be
captivated. This book has the ability to entertain both youth and adult
readers. While in Buval, Minnie is required to decode a poem in order to
save Buval from evil. I was completely involved in this plot and the land of Buval.
It was also exciting to discover how much I wanted Minnie to succeed
and become more confident and less introverted. The characters in Buval
are so interesting and captivating. I could definitely see this
wonderful adventure of a book coming to life in movie form. I would love
to see all of the creatures in Buval on the big screen! This is a great
story the entire family will enjoy. I found myself sharing what I read
with my husband after I completed each chapter! It is a brilliant story
and I enjoyed exploring Buval with Minnie every step of the way. I am
hoping there will be a second book following up on all of these lovable
Magical Mystery Trip
By Penny Brien (Higley, AZ United States)
Unlocking the Poet's Realm was an amazing adventure of a little girl
escaping bullies to find herself in a magical fantasy world full of
animals that talk and rule. A world that is in danger of being
destroyed, a world that she must help save through the mystery of the
Although this is a long book - over 500 pages - it is a
fast read because it is almost impossible to put down. I loved this book
- it reminded me of the Bridge to Teribithia, The Neverending Story and
others of that ilk. It is a book that really talks to the young adult
crowd about bullying and it's effects, as well as showing how this girl -
Minnie - regained her self-confidence.
I would recommend this
book to any young adult or even adult who enjoys a good fantasy with
some mystery and moral statements thrown in.
Absolutely loved this book.
A must for Fantasy lovers!!!
By Steve (Yeronga, Australia)
Wow!! Who would have thought that an author would come along to rival
C.S.Lewis. He has created such a mystical and creative world with such
description that I could truly visualise it and felt myself walking with
What really sets this novel apart from the rest
is the use of a cryptic poem. Minnie, the main character, is required to
solve the riddles of the poem... sentance by sentance. It gives the
reader the chance to work out what needs to happen before it happens,
but it is far from predictable as the clues are tough to solve. It gave
me the same buzz as the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books I read as a
I also love that the author writes with such simple language
but also about such important messages around bullying, self-esteem,
family and friendship, yet is so subtle in how he incorporates these
that they don't take away from the thrill of the story.
hope that all schools find a way to utilise this novel, both for it's
great writing and crutial messages. Hats off to the author on a great
job! It sounds like a sequal is in the making. I can't wait!!!
This is truly a must for all fans of Fantasy novels for young adults.
An interesting read.
There should be more books like this written! It's an entertaining
read with a good solid message. It begins with something that most
people have felt at one time or another , whether that is being bullied
or feeling alone, and transforms with a bit of hope. It allows ones
imagination to wander and personally makes me feel like a bit of a kid
again. The book takes you on a journey and just pulls you in until
you're done! As I finished, I was left with a big grin on my face seeing
how far Minnie had come.
To the Land of Buval!
By Erica M Williams "Erica" (Chicago, IL USA)
I honestly loved this book! It had me captivated form the very
beginning. In today's' society, I know that many children can related to
Minnie(a.k.a Catty, to those who've read the book). A little girl being
bullied at school finds hope in a magical world next door(literally and
so-to-speak). I would recommend that anyone and everyone with a love
for magic, read this novel.
Unlocking the Poet's Realm.
This book introduces us to a young seventh grader named Minnie, who
is very bright, loves school and nature. She has one friend named Issac,
who is a 60 year old man. She is able to talk to Issac about
everything, including telling him about the school bullies, but her
parents frown upon this friendship.
Minnie gets chased by bullies
everyday. One day while walking home from school, she takes a different
route home to avoid them. She finds an old abandoned building and
quickly runs in and finds a big box and crawls in to avoid the kids who
are chasing her. Once she enters the box, she is transported to a
magical world of talking animals.
In this magical world she finds
out for the first time in her life she is needed and she discovers the
true meaning of friendship. She is asked to help solve a poem, if she
can do this she will be able to save this special magical world.
would highly recommend this book. It reminds me a lot of the Never
ending Story. It is filled with suspense and magic on every page. You
will not be able to put it down until you finish it. Minnie will have to
ask the help from her new friends in order to solve the poem in time,
if she wants to save the magical world she has grown to love. This book
teaches us many life lessons.
I really enjoyed this book.
As I read this book I was reminded of one of my favorite
movies: The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe. In the movie the characters
are displaced due to war but in the book the main character Minnie is
displaced from her life by her isolation. She is an average girl who
didn't have many friends. She is constantly teased by her classmates and
one day she decides to hide in a casket shaped box to get away from the
kids that are picking on her. Little did she realize that she would be
transported to a magical world called Buval where there are magical
animals that can talk AND they rule the world. However Minnie realizes
that her new friends and their magical world are in danger and the only
way to help them is by "unlocking the poem". This is a very entertaining
read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the The Lion The
Witch and The Wardrobe movies.
For all ages.
By JLNM (Orange County, CA)
This book immediately reminded me of stories like The Lion,
Witch, and the Wardrobe, but in a good way. Great adventure and fantasy
read for all ages. Kids would love the fantasy world excitement. This
book also explores deeper, darker issues like bullying. Basically, if
you want an interesting read and like being in a fantasy world (maybe
temporarily escaping your real world lol) this is definitely and a good
and unstressful read.
Interesting incorporation of poetry to solve puzzles/find clues. Good exercise for the mind. Definitely recommended!
Well worth the price.
By Jeff Wallace (Olympia, Wahington)
Unlocking the Poet's Realm by Matt Wiebusch is a great fantasy
book for youngsters and the young at heart. It is a story in the
tradition of such books as the 'Wizard of Oz', 'The Lion, The Witch and
The Wardrobe' and 'Where the wild things are' captures the imagination
and exploring a strange new world that still has a comforting feeling of
The main person in the story is a girl named Minnie that
has suffered at the hands of bullies at school. While running from the
bullies she hides and finds herself in a futuristic world where humans
are almost all extinct an animals talk. In this new land she meets
Tappoc, a monkey, that she discovers is responsible for her being there
and the author of the poem she was given when she first arrived. She
finds out that she is the only one that can save Buval. To accomplish
this feat she must decode the poem, face several dangers but above all
find the hidden strength that has always been a part of her.
As does any good story, this one holds several lessons that we can all learn from and use in our daily lives.
Escape into an Adventure.
This book was very well written. It kept me quite interested to find out what will happen next.
author has a wonderful imagination and by how the book is written, the
story is believable (although we know bee's, monkey's, etc. do not
speak, birds do not carry people, etc.) and you will enjoy escaping
life's daily routine when you read it.
Walk along with Minnie to uncover the poem's clues as she tries to save the animal's and their world.
would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a really good
fantasy and adventure story, but I think mainly teenagers and women
would enjoy this book the most.
*People chose this book as the Winner of the Readers Favorite Award and nominated it for the EVVY Awards, deservingly so.