Far above a magical land, an enormous pumpkin flies across a bright sky with five-year-old Owen and his three-year-old brother, Oliver, riding on top. The two boys hang on tightly and laugh with pure joy as the beauty and wonders of the land below nurture their innocence and their imaginations. Even so, there is a darkness that threatens to extinguish the light of their childhood.
Although they enjoy the home they have created in a cozy and shadowless cave, the boys miss their parents and long for a way back to them. Every night, the pumpkin sits motionless outside the entrance to the cave, keeping the boys safe from harm, but the pumpkin cannot protect Owen and Oliver from all danger. Shadow eyes wait in the darkness, and other creatures even more deadly. When the boys are torn from the pumpkin’s safety, they must find strength and courage in their love for each other if they are to survive and find their way back home.
This poignant fantasy tale explores the bond of love between two young brothers as they take an enchanted journey through the extraordinary miracle of childhood, through its hardships and fears, its discoveries and triumphs, its vulnerability and its resiliency. With only each other to depend on, the brothers must find their way through the darkness, and back to the light.
Benji Alexander Palus has spent much time as a volunteer, working and playing with children afflicted by childhood cancers. The Magic Pumpkin is his first novel, inspired by the spirit and courage of these littlest heroes. Benji currently resides in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The cover art was also done by Palus, a rising figurative artist in the style of realism. To see more of his artwork, visit benjialexanderpalus.com.
Amazing story of the bond and love between two brothers. A must read! You will experience every emotion....laughter tears smiles fear....definently a book that grip hold of your soul. I read it in one day just couldnt put it down. The way Mr Palus writes and describes what the children are seeing and feeling is unbelievabke!!
wendy morreale roberts
Beautifully written. Mr Palus uses his words to convey not only what the characters see but what they feel as well. You will experience every emotion possible while reading the book...laughter tears prayers smiles fear...a must read!!! I can not wait for the next book by this amazing author!
wendy morreale roberts
So much info in so few words. Tolotsy could learn a lot.
Thanks for the insight. It brigns light into the dark!