As you’ve heard before, my oldest son (affectionately nicknamed Fidget) is a huge reader. He can almost always be found with a book, to the point that his younger brothers sometimes get annoyed that he’d rather read than play with them. So when I saw the opportunity to review some books (full disclosure: we were sent the books for free and I am being compensated for this review, but all opinions are my own… or, as the case may be, my son’s own) that would be perfect for him, I jumped on it.
Travels with Gannon and Wyatt are novels about brothers, and adventurers, that travel the world and find themselves in some rather action-packed situations. Along the way the books hope to promote better awareness of geography and wildlife. Aimed at middle-school readers, these can easily be read by advanced younger readers or shared as a read-aloud for the whole family. The series thus far includes Botswana (released May 2013), Great Bear Rainforest (released October 2013) and Egypt (will be released January 2014).
To say that these books were a hit would be an understatement. As soon as I took them out of the box all three of my older boys descended on them, even though only my oldest can read. This turned out not to be an issue, as Fidget read portions of the books out loud, sharing the adventures with his younger brothers. Fidget says that his favorite books “have some adventure and some mystery and are in a series, so I can read lots of them.” Check, check, and check.
I’d tell you more about how much they loved the books, but I thought you’d rather hear from Fidget himself. It’s his first time being interviewed on camera, so he’s a little nervous… this leads to some stumbling over words and hesitations. Be gentle with him! Also ignore the plaintive cries of the youngest as he was trapped in his high chair and, having finished his snack, was begging to be released.
One point of fact- Fidget thought the books were written by Gannon and Wyatt themselves, but they’re actually written by two adult authors. I’d say that this speaks to how effectively they’ve captured the boys’ voices.
One of the things I liked about the series, besides Fidget’s love for them, is the web-based assets that go along with the books: photos, videos, and a blog giving more information about the places featured in each book. Fidget (all the boys, really) want to be part of the Young Explorers Society and have spent time with me learning more about wildlife and geography through the site. My other favorite thing? The journal section at the back of each book. The boys have been inspired to begin their own journals. I know that some parents find it hard to encourage their kids to write on their own, and this was a great way to encourage journaling.
If all of this sounds great to you, head on over to my Facebook page, where you can enter to win all three books in the series, a $38.85 value, to share the adventures with a kid in your life. With the holidays coming up, this would be a great gift for a little adventurer you know! The contest will be open until Tuesday, November 26th, at noon central time. One winner will be randomly selected from entries. Open in the U.S. only.
While you’re on Facebook, head over to the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt page- they’re giving away three Kindle Fires this month!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.