The Other Felix

A great fantasy adventure for young readers; a deep psychological novel for older readers

Written by Keir Graff

Felix lives in a big skyscraper apartment with his mom and dad and goes to a big school where he has no friends. And to make it worse, Chase, the new boy, is a bully. At night when Felix goes to sleep he goes to a forest dream world where there is another Felix and together they learn how to make tools and fight the scary monsters that chase them. Can the lessons he learns in one world help him in the other?

In a lot of ways this book reminded me of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Written on about a 3rd grade level,the younger reader will think of it as a great fantasy adventure. But, this is actually a very deep and psychologically rich book that will appeal to a much older audience as well. It was well written and really kept my interest.  This is a great book to open a lot of literary discussion on contrast and comparison, and foreshadowing, to say nothing of dream interpretation.

I really did like this book.

Review by Terrie Bishop, Academy Park Elem. Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

Keir Graff – Website

The Other Felix
Written by Keir Graff
Roaring Brook Press
176 pages
Release Date: October 11, 2011
ISBN: 9781596436558 (hardcover)

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