Thursday, March 7, 2013
Book Review: Dr. Dredd’s Wagon of Wonders by Bill Brittain
The writing in this odd book is pretty good for a children’s series, and it uses an unconventional point of view arrangement to tell the story. The story itself is elevated a bit above the usual formulaic children’s series installment by some original touches, though it harms itself with an illogical occurrence towards the end and some political correctness. Readers who are particularly fond of scary or fantastical stories might enjoy it despite its flaws. While I found this book interesting to read, it wasn't good enough to make me want to seek out other books in the series.
Aside from the mild violence and scariness one would expect from a dark fantastical novel for young readers, the only content of note is the high level of magical use. A witch is portrayed positively, but there is no hint of where she and other good mystics get their power. However, it is made clear that the villain’s power is from the devil. Christianity is portrayed positively, though generically, but unfortunately no one in the book sees anything wrong with mixing witchcraft and Christianity.