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Reviewed by Vered Ehsani for Readers' Favorite
Blaze has a great secret: a magical water fountain is in his backyard. By fiddling with one of the ornaments, Blaze and his friends, plus his dog Sir Licksalot, get a fast and wet ride to other places. This time, they land at the top of a volcano. Cold, wet and dirty, they decide to hike down the mountain to the jungle below in search of warmth and water. Along the way, danger arrives in the form of wild pigs, the friends get separated and the adventure begins! The greatest danger in my mind though was not the pigs, the slippery mud slope or the steep waterfalls that the kids have to navigate. Instead, Blaze and one of his friends have difficulty getting along. Together they must sort out their conflicts and fears so that they can successfully navigate the island and find a way home.
This children’s story has elements of magic and education in it. The island is one of the Hawaii islands, and through their adventures, Blaze and the gang learn about the island culture, respect for nature and the spiritual beliefs of the islanders. I was fascinated by the legends and cultural insights shared in the story. In addition, I was drawn into the valuable lessons that the children learned through their adventures. Young readers will relate to the issues that the friends have with each other, and how they struggle to overcome them without losing their friendship. While reading this, I thought of ‘The Magic Tree House’ series. Children who enjoyed that series would like Sir Licksalot and his friends.