Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 97 pages
Publisher: Mascot Books; 1 edition (1 Oct. 2019)
Genre: Myths and Fables
The BookViral Review:
The challenge when writing a fable is to ensure it’s entertaining no matter how earnest its message. Something Manna achieves with consummate ease in his reimagined Greek Folktale Loukas and the Game of Chance.
A beguiling tale of wonder and delight it’s both thought-provoking and original as Manna reminds us how skillfully fables walk the line between playfulness and instruction. Carefully avoiding amped-up morals which once overwhelmed such stories, whilst the accompanying illustrations by Donald Babisch prove a striking and energetic elaboration without overpowering Manna’s text.
With a tactile vocabulary that stirs the senses, Loukas and the Game of Chance is a special book: immersive and full of life as we follow Loukas from rags to riches to his fated quest. A journey of magical discovery that quickly casts its spell whilst reminding us that fables are vessels of truth that remain as valuable in the present as they did in the past. A spell that connects the genealogies of family and nature when Loukas meets the Keeper of the Forest and rises to the challenges of Destiny, Ilion, Moon and Sun in his bid to regain what he has lost.
A highly memorable fable with all the hallmarks of a classic, Loukas and The Game of Chance will not only bring a smile to the faces of young readers but is sure to be enjoyed by parents as well. It is recommended without reservation!