The Visitor from 4-D

Children - Preteen
32 Pages
Reviewed on 12/16/2019
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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

When the Keating children, Michael, Keely, and Jake, work to assemble a giant jigsaw puzzle, a storm passes through the area, bringing it with it a powerful electrical surge that agitates their dog, Pooches, while transporting a tiny stranger, the spitting image of Michael, from the fourth dimension. Frightened at first, the children realize that they are Billy’s only hope of returning home. Not willing to share the unexplainable with their parents, the children seek the wisdom of a respected teacher to return their visitor from Planet Earth 4th Dimension, only to learn that Dr. Jenkins cannot be trusted. Jake would rather Billy stay with them anyway. Billy is Jake’s first true friend outside the family and he doesn’t want to lose him, even if it means Billy will never again see his own family. With the help of the Whiz Kids, the Keating children learn to believe in time travel.

The Visitor From 4-D by Deborah Dolan Hunt is a fast-paced, readable piece of fiction that draws the young reader in from the first page. Hunt’s command of the English language and the interest of elementary school minds is spot on. Children will enjoy the possibilities addressed in the story. Teachers and parents will appreciate the hidden lessons of friendship and responsibility. Where our third dimension world is rumored to be a cruel, polluted, frightening place, Billy lives in a virtual bubble in the fourth dimension of Earth, where littering and germs do not exist. The open-ended conclusion hints at a continuation of The Visitor From 4-D, which excites this book series lover.

K.C. Finn

The Visitor from 4-D is a work of fiction for children in the middle grade or preteen age range and was penned by author Deborah Dolan Hunt. The format of the novel is a simple chapter book that is easy to access for the reader’s age range, and the story focuses on mystical and intriguing science fiction themes. We are introduced to the Keating kids, Michael, Keely, and Jake, on a very stormy Saturday afternoon, and soon after this, a tiny visitor appears to them during the lightning strikes. The kids spend time getting to know the little visitor and start to work on helping their new friend to return home.

One of the most impressive things about this entertaining novel, for me at least, was the format, which I think will help children to really engage with reading and enjoy each chapter as its own separate event. The illustrations at the start of every chapter really add context to the tale and make kids want to read what happens next, and the story itself is well structured to hold interest from beginning to end. Author Deborah Dolan Hunt is an excellent writer with a real sense of what is entertaining for kids to read about, and her characters are exceedingly well developed to become really endearing, perhaps especially the visitor and the unusual predicament they’re all in. Overall, The Visitor from 4-D is a really fun science fiction romp sure to encourage even the most reluctant readers to dive into its adventure.