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Monday, June 14, 2021

WHAT'S THE BUZZ: Buk by Robin Bennett - REVIEW!

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Today, we're spreading a little PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ about a title set to release tomorrow via Monster Books. It's toted as a “modern re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland”, and retrospect, I can see it, however at the time, I was simply traveling through the life and times of our dear girl Nancy as she navigates life. Ladies and gents, please direct your attention to today's book of choice...

Robin Bennett
Monster Books
RELEASE DATE: June 15th, 2021

About the book...
A modern re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland on its 150th Anniversary, Buk is a celebration of enchanting magical realism children’s books.

Nancy’s mother is having a baby and it is making her ill; Nancy’s father is angry with her mother because they can’t afford the baby; Nancy is angry with everyone.

Then she starts to see things… things that should only happen in fairytales. Is Buk a sign she is going mad or is he there to save her?

This book explores the alchemy of imagination and the blending of fantasy and reality – themes from the genre of magic realism, aimed specifically at young adults.


First questions,'s pronounced B-O-O-K.
Yes, it's a book called B-O-O-K.
Keep your snickers to a minimum because the magic is about to begin.

I really enjoyed this one, though at first it is certainly a fright to behold. Got you curious now, do I? Good! Try to keep up. Nancy could be liked or disliked, quite honestly, as she seems rather whiny and put off by the whole baby affair, but when you take into account her parents, it's easier to understand. They are preoccupied with the coming life, albeit for far different reasons, and so much so that to some extent, they pretty much ignore our little narrator (hence the feeling of dislike you harbor for the both of them), thus feeding her dislike of the coming child, and inevitable changes, and so we're in quite a vicious circle that may never end...until the arrival of Buk. Buk doesn't stroll up and say HELLO, or sidestep and take her hand in greeting. He appears, in very specific places. Places that he's seemingly tied to with a mysterious scroll written in a strange tongue that seems to be almost...ALIVE. 

About halfway through, I figured it out...or at least I had two options with which to go, and much like Alice in the dark forest with Cheshire Cat's grin deceptively leading and then losing the way, I followed where the story led while grasping tightly to those possibilities, and was rewarded for my efforts, but the journey to get there was certainly one not easily forgotten. When all is said and done, you may be surprised by the ending, and yet it works perfectly for the way everything was set up from the start. Recommended for Young Adult readers, young and young at heart, for an unexpected view of the world, the choices and chances we are given day to day, and a reminder to embrace our lives for all they are worth.


About the author...

Monster Books is just one of the many hobbies of author, Robin Bennett, although since 1997 it’s probably gone a little over-the-top. These days, we’ve got editors, bloggers, distributors, salesreps, designers and those essential people who make coffee and buy chocolate biscuits. In fact, it has everything you would expect to find with a normal publisher, except other authors.


Special thanks to Georgia at Monster Books for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title list, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is set to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY tomorrow, June 15th, 2021 via Monster Books, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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