Audio Book Review: Rise of the Guardians
Author: Stacia Deutsch
Read by Keith Nobbs
Published: Oct. 2, 2012
Published by: Simon and Schuster Audio
Length: Approx. 2 hours
Genre: childrens, fantasy
Join forces with the Guardians to defeat Pitch in this retelling of the animated feature Rise of the Guardians.When Pitch, the boogeyman, decides that children should believe in him and not the Guardians, he adds a little fear to their dreams, turning them into nightmares. If children around the world are afraid, there will be no more room for hope. The Guardians must band together to stop him. But in order to do so they need a little help from an unlikely source: Jack Frost. Jack loves to have fun, but he’s not usually one for heroics. Will Jack find the hero within him before Pitch can carry out his master plan?
If you've watched television at all in the past month, chances are you have heard about the movie Rise of the Guardians. It's a children's film about all the well-known holiday characters such as, Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman, Jack Frost, and The Boogeyman aka Pitch. The human world is threatened by nightmares and only the Guardians can save it. Jack Frost doesn't have any memory of where he came from. When trouble arises, the Guradians call on Jack for help. Jack isn't so sure he wants to help anyone. Especially people who might ruin all his winter-time shenanigans. However the Guardians have another problem besides Pitch. The children of the world are slowly becoming unbelievers of the holiday heroes they once held so high.
This is a cute story for kids. The author of this story really puts a twist on these characters. Santa is Russian, Easter Bunny is from the Outback, and the Tooth Fairy is a little eccentric. I really liked the little changes. I think it makes The Rise of the Guardians stand out from other holiday movies of the past. The narrator did an okay job with the accents and personalities of each character. I wasn't overly impressed, but I believe kids will enjoy listening to this audio book, even if they didn't see the movie. It has the perfect blend of humor and drama while incorporating the message to believe in yourself. It also has the basic 'good verses evil' theme too. I think kids of all ages will enjoy this, but especially kids between the ages of 4-10, The audio book is approximately two hours long, so it's a great length for the younger crowd.
*Update* I let me kids listen to this after I did. They absolutely loved it!