My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Roger and Ann’s father is ill, and Roger wishes on an ancient lead soldier toy for his father to be healed. But the magical lead soldier tells Roger that wishes must be earned, and Roger, his sister, and their cousins are swept into an adventure of derring-do in the Merry England of Robin Hood, Ivanhoe, and King Richard the Lionheart.
The moment Roger arrives in this magical land, everything seems to go wrong despite his good intentions! Roger begins to doubt that he can ever do enough good deeds to earn a wish for his father, and it’s only when he relies on his sister and cousins that the adventure truly begins to come together with surprising results for everyone.
This writer is so brilliant! I love his stories, especially because they are written in the tradition of E. Nesbit’s magical books. Every page is so hilarious and fun! The characters are loveable and courageous. You never know what crazy magical thing is going to happen.
I read this entire book in one day. This would be so perfect to read aloud, because so many of the words are rich-sounding, and the dialogue would be so much fun to act out with voices!