My 9 year old daughter and I love this magical little book. I cannot wait to read more from this author. I would compare her work to the magical books by C. S. Lewis, and The Magic Tree House series. There is plenty of imagination put to use here. I love how the children realize the error of their ways as they get themselves deeper into trouble. I also love how the characters consider an attempt to contact their parents in such a predicament. The children want something so badly that they have attempted to enter an event without a ticket. This is only the start of the spiral of consequences that follows as a result of their poor choices. This has a sweet ending as well.
In The Land of Broken Time: The Incredible Journey
Max Evan, author
This book is about the adventures of a boy named Christopher, a girl named Sophia and a retriever named Duke. By chance, they find themselves in a balloon that takes them to a fairyland where mysterious events happen. The children want to find the way home, but first they have to solve a lot of mysteries. This is a story about the different ways of measuring time and about friendship. In this book there are many facts about the animals that never get old and about how to construct different clock: not only mechanical, but also sundials, water clocks, hourglasses, aromatic clocks...