Sara Flutterbye and the Spooky Woods

Children - Adventure
50 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2017
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Author Biography

John Hallis is a proud Dad and favorite storyteller for his daughter Leisha. From the time she could talk, Leisha would get settled in her car seat and immediately ask her Dad for a story. "And make it a scary one!" she would plead. Through the years, John has told many stories, but the one about the magical, giant butterflies was always a favorite. It seemed appropriate to capture the adventure of Sara Flutterbye in print so Leisha can share it with her children someday.

When John isn't entertaining his daughter with monsters and super heroes, he’s hard at work in his machine shop making parts. His background includes serving in the U.S. Army and working as a mechanical engineer. Some of his favorite past times include biking, camping, hiking, and making people laugh.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Sara Flutterbye is a scientist and professor at the university in the big city. She has just moved into the city in Sara Flutterbye and the Spooky Woods by John Hallis. She goes to a little café, Birdie’s, and introduces herself as someone who studies butterflies for a living and has traveled all over the world, studying and lecturing about them. She has heard rumors about the mysterious and giant butterflies that live in the Spooky Woods and has decided to find out for herself. Abby, the waitress at Birdie’s, warns Sara against camping in the Spooky Woods to search for the butterflies. Abby and her friend, Leisha, are genuinely worried for Sara and they ask their butterfly friend, Tanager, to watch over Sara. Leisha and Abby know that Sara is in trouble from Tanager. Will they be able to rescue Sara in time? Will Sara be able to find the giant butterflies in the Spooky Woods?

The story is enchanting and whimsical and children will love Sara's adventures in the Spooky Woods. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they give a good pace and movement to the story, bringing the characters alive to readers. For all kids who love adventure and whimsy, this storybook is a must-read. All the characters are adorable and well portrayed, and will fascinate readers with their magical qualities. It is a good bedtime storybook and parents and grandparents will enjoy reading it out loud to their kids and grandkids.