Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
We recently had the opportunity to review Archer and Zowie by Hans Bluedorn. What a fun elementary level story for kids!
Hans Bluedorn is the author of The Fallacy Detective. But Archer and Zowie takes children on a whole new adventure. This make believe story takes kids on adventures of their mind and creativity. Archer and Zowie tackles themes on friendship and having positive self-esteem, but presents them in a fun way that really speaks to children.
The story of Archer and Zowie lets us see the evolution of two best friends. After a mishap they have reprogrammed the microwave to do some pretty cool things. They can order food from other locations, completely squash the entire universe, and of course this new invention want to kill them.
Writing in a different genre, Han Bluedorn digs into this science fiction story and has really created some super fun adventures for these best friends to go on. They battle dark matter, babysitters, microwaves, giant penguin aliens, and yet they are able to remain friends.
Archer and Zowie is really a cute story of imagination. These two best friends go on lots of adventures, and can really encourage children to dig deep and let their own creativity flow through invention and play.
Caty enjoyed reading this story. It did not take her long to make her way through the book. She is a more advanced reader though. It was written for elementary through early middle school ages. So roughly 7-12 years old could read independently, depending on their reading level. But Archer and Zowie would also make a great read aloud together.
I really liked the one section where the author made sure that the readers understood the text. Sometimes it can be hard to understand even with context clues, so this brief explanation was great.
Archer and Zowie is written from a Christian perspective. So there is mention of belief in God in the reading. But this perspective does not rule the story. So still could be read by those with a secular perspective also.
The illustrations are super cute also.
When I asked Caty if she would read a sequel or another adventure with Archer and Zowie, she said she definitely would. She said is was a great balance of "sci-fi and weirdness, just what I like to read."
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to read Archer and Zowie and also check out The Fallacy Detective. Click on the banner below to read about their experiences and how they used these products with their families.