I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all. It all started with a curse. And a frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.There wasn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I’ve ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking ) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Everglades. Don’t believe me? I didn’t believe it either. But you’ll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got CLOAKED.
This was a fun and light-hearted fairy tale retelling mashup. I got this audiobook to listen to during a road trip with my son. I had no concerns playing it within his 3 year-old hearing. I would guess that many middle school kids would like the story. It’s exciting and quick, and if it’s slightly predictable, it’s done in a Disney sort of way.
I liked Johnny as the main character. He was kind, sweet, and slightly clueless. His obsession with designing shoes was original and endearing. What girl wouldn’t like a guy who wants to design her amazing shoes?
I think the only downside to the story was the same reasons it would appeal to a younger audience: slightly predictable and Disney-ish. There is a lack of depth that would make it more interesting to adults, but overall, it’s still a great story.
Challenges read for:
2012 Audio Book Challenge
Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012