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Hardcover Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781734319590
  • 120 pages
  • $15.99
Candace Valek
The Adventures of Logan & Lilly and the Lost Treasure
When Logan finds his dad's old watch in the attic, all it does is flash orange and blue. Orange and blue. He thinks it's broken until all his toys come to life! His pirate doll, Captain Orangebeard, explains it's because the watch has chosen Logan to help rescue a toy who's been kangaroo-napped by the evil, Pinky Pirate. Logan may be just a boy, but he's about to go on the adventure of a lifetime. (Thankfully, he has his best friend, Lilly, by his side.) Join Logan and Lilly, as they sail to the Isle of Nowhere. But beware! There be spiders, snakes, and treasure lurking about...
Bespectacled, white-presenting Logan is whisked away on a seafaring adventure after a mysterious flashing watch brings his toys to life in Valek’s bustling tale. Captain Orangebeard, a plastic toy pirate, has an important quest for the child: Logan must help rescue Joey, an innocent stuffed kangaroo, from the nefarious Pinky Pirate. When Orangebeard ushers Logan through a bedroom-wall portal that transforms the child into a toy, they emerge on Orangebeard’s pirate ship, then set sail to the Isle of Nowhere, a vibrant land where toys and anthropomorphic animals reign. But as they embark on their quest for Joey, Logan worries that his newfound friendships will disappear when he returns to the real world at journey’s end. Sabater’s expertly shaded b&w illustrations are scattered throughout as half-page spreads and chapter headers, depicting emotive characters and Logan’s swashbuckling exploits. Valek’s easily digestible portal fantasy, populated by fearsome anacondas and spider-ruled caves, is a deeply imaginative escapist adventure and a tender exploration of enduring companionship. Ages 7–9. (Self-published)
Amazon purchase Review \Karen Dellinger

5.0 out of 5 stars Really cute story!

Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2022

Bought this for our grandkids, grandma here read the story and I think the kids are going to really like it!! A fun read for sure!!! Can't wait for the next adventure!

Amazon Review - Norma Walker

5.0 out of 5 stars The story line of this book is awesome. A great message for everyone!

Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2021

I liked the entire book. The story is great a very well written. The illustrations really bring everything to life. Will be waiting on the next adventure to come out!

Amazon Review- Ozzy

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!

Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2021

I purchased this amazing book at the book signing that the author Candace Valek hosted. Not only was the book signing event extremely fun and inviting but getting to meet Candace in person was such a delight. The Adventures of Logan and Lilly is honestly one of the best children’s books that I have read in some time. I read it to my puppies and to my little siblings and not only were they hooked but I was as well. I almost guarantee that if you read this book to your children you won’t be able to put it down, not only because you want to finish it but also because your children will. I highly recommend you purchase this book for your littles.

Reviewed By Carolina Restrepo for Readers’ Favorite

The Adventures of Logan & Lilly and the Lost Treasure by Candace Valek is an amazing and highly imaginative story for children, and even for adults. This tale focuses on Logan and his favorite doll Lilly; he finds a watch that allows his toys to come to life and takes him into incredible adventures with his toys, and of course, with Lilly by his side. This particular tale takes them on a journey with Captain Orangebeard to the Isle of Nowhere to save their friend, kangaroo Joey, who has been kangaroo-napped by the evil Pinky Pirate. With the help of the map and their intelligence, they have to overcome several obstacles throughout the island so they can stop Pinky Pirate and save Joey the kangaroo. 

Even though I am an adult now, my inner child enjoyed Candace Valek's story to the fullest. I would have loved to have had these types of stories when I was growing up, to believe that my dolls could come alive and go on an adventure with me; it would have been amazing. I loved the intricacies of the story, and every obstacle was very original and intriguing. I felt that I was in a kids' version of Indiana Jones. I can honestly say that every kid that reads this book will love it and want more adventures with Logan and Lilly. Needless to say, the illustrations are incredible; it is something else to bring a story to life with pictures. I am thrilled to have read The Adventures of Logan & Lilly and the Lost Treasure.

Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Logan doesn’t like the attic; it’s full of dust bunnies, and it smells as bad as his three-day-old sweaty baseball socks. But, his mom has sent him on an errand to find her jewelry box. For help (and protection), Logan takes along his doll, Lilly. Discovering the jewelry box, Logan is attracted to a flashing light. He pulls out heavy boxes and finds an old watch, a greater treasure than his mom’s jewelry box. Once alone in his bedroom, Logan activates the watch. All kinds of magical things happen, including Lilly actually talking to him, as well as his pirate doll, Captain Orangebeard. There is a mission that only Logan can undertake successfully. Somewhat doubtful of his abilities, Logan goes along, following the pirate captain and Lilly on an adventure to another world called the Isle of Nowhere, a place where toys are alive and spiders, snakes, and treasure abound. 

Candace Valek’s middle-grade novel, The Adventures of Logan & Lilly and the Lost Treasure, is the first book in the series. It is a fun read, full of adventure and excitement and lots of imagination. Written in simple language to help the young reader improve their reading skills and accompanied by black and white illustrations, the plot develops with building tension touched with elements of humor. The dialogue is certainly believable for this age group, and the emphasis on the power of one’s imagination is duly stressed. The settings are well described, especially the dusty, smelly attic, where readers will certainly feel like they are experiencing what Logan is experiencing. A very engaging read for the 6-to-9-year-old age group.

Reviewed By Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers’ Favorite

Logan would have loved it if Lilly could talk; however, being a doll, she obviously can’t. That is until the day he unearths a strange watch from the attic that makes his toys come to life. A toy pirate insists that Logan, the powerful wielder of the watch, must rescue Joey the Kangaroo from the clutches of the Pinky Pirate. At first reluctant to involve himself in a perilous journey, Logan nonetheless complies when the promise of the adventure sounds too alluring. Accompanied by Captain Orangebeard and his beloved Lilly, he steps into a magic portal that transports him to a magical world. In The Adventures of Logan & Lilly and The Lost Treasure, Candace Valek narrates the story of Logan’s daring escapade.

This short yet entertaining story filled me with pure delight. When Logan got an opportunity to undertake an exciting quest, I felt I was also a part of his journey. The trio’s adventure took them through many trials involving dangerous situations and curious tasks. The story moved swiftly, all the while keeping readers guessing. The accompanying illustrations brought the book to life. The characters’ facial expressions were so life-like, the pictures so attractive, that I could not decide whether I liked the story more or the illustrations. Also, I loved the inherent message the book conveyed. Valek highlighted that a person, no matter how young or seemingly insignificant, can do wonders if only they have faith in themselves. I would absolutely recommend The Adventures of Logan & Lilly and The Lost Treasure to an audience of 5 to 10 years.

Hardcover Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781734319590
  • 120 pages
  • $15.99