The Wicked Queen

Children - Adventure
36 Pages
Reviewed on 01/24/2018
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Marie-Hélène Fasquel for Readers' Favorite

Lamellia: The Wicked Queen, written by Gloria D. Gonsalves and illustrated by Katerina Brunot, is a children's adventure book, involving a king, a wicked queen and the kingdom of mushrooms. It is the story of the sadness of the queen and king who cannot conceive a child, but also of the strange and magical arrival of a little human girl in this world which is not hers. It is also the story of the Lamellia people, who are mushrooms, and who decide to raise Tiara, this baby girl… but everything is not so straight-forward. Adventures are going to make the life of little Tiara more complicated and she will need the help of very strong and good characters to save her from the evil queen!

Lamellia: The Wicked Queen by Gloria D. Gonsalves is first and foremost a beautiful metaphor of our world and of the acceptance or rejection of difference. However, it is also a very enjoyable and original story for young readers as well as for parents who will no doubt tremendously enjoy reading it to their little ones. Everything in this captivating story will help parents reveal to their children the importance of showing kindness, following rules and understanding the consequences of one’s actions, whether you are a child or an adult, a citizen or a king or queen! What is more, the illustrations are magnificent and add to the beauty of this gem. That is why I highly recommend this children’s book to anyone who has young children or nieces and nephews.

Barbara Fanson

Lamellia: The Wicked Queen is an adventure story which takes place in Lamellia, the Kingdom of Mushrooms. Author Gloria D. Gonsalves has created an easy-to-read chapter book that children will enjoy reading—with parents or on their own. The seven chapters contain all the elements of a great story: sadness, a villain, and a happy ending. No one would expect Queen Nobilia to misguide the mushrooms by supplying the wrong password to the Eucalyptia forest or trying to kill the human baby with her poisonous eyes. As a villain, the Queen had green eyes that could poison anyone who frightened or angered her. This book contains a subtle lesson about selfless love.

Children who like to read fantasy stories will enjoy Lamellia: The Wicked Queen, which describes an event that occurs amongst the mushrooms. The Kingdom of Mushrooms is organized by color and each group has a role: indigo-colored mushrooms form a strong wall around the kingdom, the Honeys shield other mushrooms from enemies, and Lanterns fool enemies with their beautiful yellow-orange colors. Author Gloria D. Gonsalves brings the mushrooms to life by giving them personalities and the ability to communicate. Illustrator Katerina Brunot has drawn bold and bright artwork to fill the pages. She adds emotion and facial expressions to the mushrooms. In the past year, books with a female villain have become more popular. I think readers will like the unexpected twist in the fifth chapter. Parents will enjoy reading this book with their children, and children reading on their own will find Lamellia: The Wicked Queen easy to read.

Jack Magnus

Lamellia: The Wicked Queen is an educational adventure fable for children written by Gloria D. Gonsalves and illustrated by Katerina Brunot. King Polipoli was the perfect ruler for the Kingdom of Lamellia; he was wise and just, but his wife, Queen Nobilia, while beautiful, had eyes that could poison others if she chose to do so. When her eyes turned green, the person affected would lose all will to live and wither away. Her sad and melancholy singing would likewise make those who heard it sorrowful and suffering. Queen Nobilia wanted a baby, as did King Polipoli, but they remained childless for years, until one day an infant was brought to the kingdom. It was a human child, not a mushroom being as the King, Queen and the subjects of Lamellia were, but Polipoli loved the child as if it were his own and named her Tiara. All the inhabitants of the kingdom hoped that the baby would ease Nobilia’s sorrow, but they were sadly mistaken.

Gloria D. Gonsalves’s educational adventure fable for children, Lamellia: The Wicked Queen, continues the story of King Polipoli and the infant, Tiara, that was begun in Lamellia: The Kingdom of Mushrooms. While this is the second story, each can be read as a standalone tale. That said, I’d recommend reading both of these captivating fables that teach children about nature as they entertain and beguile. Katerina Brunot’s illustrations are lovely. They’re brightly colored, and each of the mushroom citizens of Lamellia has their own unique expressions and facial characteristics. Will the wicked Queen Nobilia harm Tiara? Gonsalves’s tale will keep children intrigued until the last page is finished. Lamellia: The Wicked Queen is highly recommended.