Good morning friends.  I hope you’re enjoying your weekend and have a lovely restful day planned (but get some sunshine too!).  Today I have a review for you of a wonderful children’s book with some important messages – Seacity Rising: A Tale of Unwatery Adventures by Elika Ansari is cute, heartwarming, thought provoking and has some absolutely adorable illustrations.

the blurb

When the underwater animals of Seacity pond learn that their home is in danger, they decide to investigate further by doing something no one has ever done before – go up to land to seek the answers they need. An unlikely team of two royal turtles, a genius goldfish and a timorous frog are then assembled to embark on a series of adventures. Whether they are racing the fastest tortoise on earth, falling in love with travelling mice theatre, or bringing peace to warring ant colonies, each unique experience is taking the group of friends closer to the heart of what is really going on. But will they make it back in time to save Seacity before the Winter’s Slumber?

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my review

I thoroughly enjoyed this!  Babak the Frog finds a worrying warning and realises that his home is at risk.  After speaking with the King, he sets off on an adventure along with his underwater companions to try to find out how to save their city and pond.  Along the way they meet lots of new creatures, some who are legends and adored by Babak; they make some unlikely new friends and even help to stop a war!  But will they all make it back ok? And ultimately will they make it in time to save Seacity and their friends and family?

This is a heartwarming and thought provoking tale.  I absolutely adored the characters, they were so adorable, strong willed and courageous.  Setting out to save their city and pond, on dry land where they’ve not been before is scary and they’re not sure what to expect.  But they still do it!  We watch the group build strong friendships, overcome tough obstacles and pull together when they really need to.  They make new, unexpected friends, find joy in new things and learn some valuable lessons.

As an adult this certainly got me thinking.  Although the author hasn’t stated it, the danger that is coming and the things that have, and are happening, around them must be down to the harm we as humans are causing to the planet and environment.  I certainly finished this with lots of things ticking over in my mind.

Both children and adults will thoroughly enjoy this wonderful story, it’s cute and brave characters, and the absolutely adorable illustrations along the way.  Recommended by me!



about the author

*Photo courtesy of Amazon

Elika Ansari is a writer, social scientist, and humanitarian professional. She has been working with MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in what has been recently described as ‘the world’s worst refugee camp’ in Greece for the past year, and as such she has had the (mis)fortune of hearing many touching stories about hardship and perseverance. She tries to focus her writing on globally relevant issues with the hope of one day making a difference through the stroke of the pen (or click of the keyboard), however small that may be. She loves writing anything from essays and articles to children’s fiction, and she does not shy away from the occasional rants about society’s downfalls. Ansari has published 100+ reviews, articles, and short stories, and her debut children’s book, ‘Seacity Rising: A Tale of Unwatery Adventures’ was published on June 6th, 2019 by Black Rose Writing.

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A massive thanks to Elika and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review, and for your patience in getting this review live.

If you’re going to read this, or have read it then give me a shout – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Have a wonderful day everyone

Chelle x

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