Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
A normal day for Brandy and Brinkley in their garden in Nottinghamshire, England, changes quickly. Brandy and Brinkley, spaniel brothers who live comfortably with Grampy, meet Jed. He installs a new doggy door and gives each dog a new collar. Running through the door, they suddenly are in London, in the middle of the Black Plague in 1665. Soon, the dogs discover they are named King Charles’ Spaniels as they live in his palace. London is a dangerous place to be in this era, with the plague killing thousands of residents, multitudes of frightening rats, ferocious street dogs, and crowded streets. Author Brindy Wilcox describes many harrowing scenes in the children’s book, Through Time to London, as these two loving dogs devise a plan to find their way home to the twenty-first century. Jed appears to the dogs in London too, explaining the magical powers of the doggy door.
In this children’s book, geared for the older elementary-school student, a great deal of history is imparted within the adventurous story of two adorable spaniels. Their observations and experiences will keep a child engaged in learning about the terrible plagues of the seventeenth century. The skillful writing style of the author has encased real facts in an engaging and educational format. In the fictional work, Through Time to London, author Brindy Wilcox presents tragic events in a format acceptable to children. There is some information that can be difficult to read, such as dead-carts where the newly-deceased are transported from their homes. The book ends with a promise of more adventures with Brandy and Brinkley, time-traveling to another era in history.