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Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Review: Adventures of Ai

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I always love reading because I feel like I am brought to a new world which I am unable to explore personally but is easy to reach with my imagination. I can recall that I would bring so many books from the library even if I cannot finish them all in one day because I was worried that others might borrow it too and I would wait for long before I can read them. From books and lovely stories I have learned so many things. As a matter of fact, I had my own adventures through the character's experiences. And I had the same experience again when I read the book, Adventures of Ai. I even felt like a tween again!

This eBook is perfect for kids aged 9-12 and for teens too. It starts with a modern setting which then progressed into the different adventures of the main character Ai. The story is interest provoking which will let surely make kids read it from page one to the end without letting it go. The tone of the book varies from the kids, to their father to Ai's point of view. Once you get to the part of Ai's adventures, you will surely finish it until the end to find out what happened to her.


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Ai means love in Japanese and this is something that we will feel and see all throughout the story. The story begins with a father telling his kids a story. He shared to the kids about an adventurous young Japanese girl named Ai who was on a mission to reunite with her father. During her mission, she encountered many challenges. In her adventures, she went with her faithful horse, a bluebird and a deer.  Ai showed us how to be independent, strong and how to value family and friendship. It also encourages us to never give up and that knowledge can bring us a long way.

About the Book

The book is written by Craig T. Bouchard, a New York Best-selling Author who created a unique transmedia entertainment event for kids. This book is an app for a video game named Ai's Adventures. This is actually my first time to see a book and game in one which is an interesting thing especially for today's generation. This book will be released on July 16 in six languages and distributed through one of the greatest 3D video games of 2014.

The Video Game

It is a 3D video game where kids will follow the adventures of Ai and solve problems and challenges from art, history, poetry, music, and mathematics.

For sure many kids will be able to play with it because it is compatible with  iOS, Android and Kindle. Before the game starts, kids can choose to play for their country. Scores you get from the game will be in the form of cash contributions that will be given to different charities. 

Proceeds from a global competition of kids playing the video game benefit children’s charities around the world, including Lurie Children’s Hospital, Misericordia Hearts of Mercy, The National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, K is for Kids, The Equestrian Challenge, Ashinaga Uganda Rainbow House, Operation Smile in China, Taipei Orphan Foundation and Maria Social Welfare Foundation in Taiwan, The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Recovery in Japan, Cry and Magic Bus in India, Children’s Leukemia and Cancer Research Foundation, and the Sony Foundation of Australia, and the Child Cancer Foundation of New Zealand. And this sure is a great thing too! You play and help at the same time.

You can get a copy of the books from Amazon, iTunes/iBooks Store, Google Play and Google Books.