Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Title: Anzard
Author: Christopher Conroy
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 154
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Author Christopher Conroy has just released a book for kids aged 8-12 called ANZARD. Teachers, parents, producers…take note!  This appealing and well-written book would give Lewis Carroll (Alices Adventures in Wonderland) reason to worry.  As a matter of fact if you mixed in one part Harry Potter, with one part Pinocchio then added a generous helping of Alice in Wonderland…you’d get Anzard!

ANZARD tells the story of how a young boy named Justin Cavell learns to listen to that voice inside him and trust his instincts.  He also learns how his dreams and wishes can come true:  Justin becomes more aware of himself and his potential to turn his dreams and wishes into reality.
One dark and stormy night, as Justin is anxiously awaiting the return of his parents and praying for their safe return from a long overdue plane trip, he is visited by Poofy, a tiny, magical pixie who comes from the faraway planet, Spiritainia.  Justin is escorted to this wonderful world of Spiritainia by the Anzard pixie, Poofy.  Aside from Poofy, Justin is joined by his own Tribe of Truth that include such memorable characters as Regal the Eagle, Turner the Turtle, Chumpah the Chipmunk and Billy the Goat – define Justin’s inner voice and help him in his quest of self-discovery.

Justin also learns to resolve conflict, which arrives in the form of an evil witch named Nosefeen, and captures Poofy as Poofy is guiding Justin to the Path of Possibilities. Through these adventures, Justin grows stronger and develops self-esteem, enabling him to return to Earth, find his parents, and guide them home safely.

ANZARD opens up a world of rewards for kids who learn to develop and trust their inner voice. The book helps them to become more aware and enlightened.

The ANZARD book cover is beautifully illustrated by Peter Green Design of Glendale, California who also designs for film companies, sporting teams and many other businesses including DreamWorks, McDonald’s, The Walt Disney Company, LEGOLAND, The NBA, HBO, FOX Kids Networks, and the “Game of Thrones” fantasy drama television series, to name a few.
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My Review

I knew I was going to love this book when I saw the cover. Full of bright, bold, colors with a hint of mystery mixed with this beautiful, relaxing, peaceful backdrop. I was hooked before opening the cover and knew it was only going to get better! This book was creative, magical and mind bending from the first to the last page. There is no way to walk away from this book without feeling inspired to find your inner Anzard and setting it free. 

The book opens with Justin praying for his parents safety during a horrific storm where they are out in a small plane flying in. Soon Justin's prayers are answered, but in an unusual way. 

Poofy, a magical pixie from a planet called Spiritainia, is thrust upon Justin life suddenly. When Poofy transports Justin to a magical realm he quickly realizes that all of his dreams can and will come true. Poofy was great. She was witty, comical, reliable, and trustworthy and everything you would ask for in a magical being. She provides comfort and peace to Justin who is in great need of learning to trust his heart and take a leap of faith.
Filled with lessons on building self-esteem, handling conflict, being true to one's self, and learning to listen to your heart, children and adults will find delight in this beautiful book. 

Disclaimer: I received complimentary copy of ANZARD from the author Christopher Conroy via Pump Up Your Book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

About the Author
Christopher Conroy currently lives in Los Angeles, California, but was born in Ireland and raised in Canada.  He grew up in a large family consisting of seven children, and a mother and father who by his own description were loving, moral, fun and pure magic.  Conroy says he was heavily influenced by John Steinbeck growing up, and also likes Jack London and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but that the “main influence for ANZARD came from that magical place in my mind where I write.”
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