The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes
Published March 30th 2016
Goodreads Summary: Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.
To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.
Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.
She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .
The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love.
Review: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When I started reading this book, I was trying not to expect too much even though the story is definitely reminiscent of Aladdin. The ugly teapot… the magic lamp… Same thing, right? But what I wasn’t expecting was the huge twist at the end that totally shocked me. I did not see that one coming at all. Throughout the book, you get a great look at who Hannah is as a person. You really are able to connect with her story and how much she loved her father. One thing I wasn’t too keen on was that she seemed a little more naive than most 14 year olds. But then again, I haven’t been 14 for a long time so I could be wrong. There was so much action and adventure in this book. There was one scene in particular that was described so vividly that it gave me anxiety to read! I am an insanely anxious flyer so reading that treacherous plane ride across the ocean just about gave me a heart attack. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and think that it would be a good read for younger pre-teens to early teens.