Prince Cyril has been content spending most of his young life inside his castle, making up stories about mythical creatures and living in his own imagination. But when his parents request that he receives an education, Cyril quickly discovers that life outside the castle walls is far more exciting, and dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Thrown into a world of troublemaking monkeys, mythical creatures, giant reptiles and other strange beings, Cyril and his newfound friends soon learn that they are more alike than they realise, and that the only way to save their home from disaster is to work together.
Written to purposefully blur the lines between adult and children’s literature, author James Horsley has written a story that resonates equally with those aged 10+ and young and full-blown adults.
Offering an intoxicating storyline of princes, firebrands, lurking shadows and more, what really sets Family in a Tree apart, is the author’s rare ability to understand what each of us takes from a narrative, and then giving back enough of what appeals to each type of reader to keep them captivated.
Accomplished and original, James Horsley’s literary take on ‘family viewing’ is not only a delight but begs the question – shouldn’t there be more books like this?