Written with much lyrical fun in mind for children, there is, of course, some serious underlying elements… those of fostering climatic awareness, and the realisation our planet is very precious to us all.
6 x 9″ Paperback with illustrations by Tony Paultyn
Chaos In The Cosmos: A Magic Islands Story (2) by Irene Edwards
In ‘Chaos in the Cosmos’ the fun and games of the wicked Purple Wizards’ tricks and their wrong doings
are taken too far, resulting in an urgency to save Planet Earth from disaster before time runs out for the
The story illustrates the way nature can hit out when not heeded or respected, and it shows the impact
climate change can have on our planet in extreme temperatures.
It sets the scene for young readers to learn and understand the effects of a warmer chaotic world, and
aims at promoting such concepts through storytelling and adventure, thus exposing some of the global
issues surrounding planetary warming, as narrated and visualized through the eyes of magic and fantasy.
There are obvious links to the first book in the series ‘Magic Islands’, and in this second book we meet
again many of our familiar characters. 5 Star Review: Fun, Educational Action Adventure for Kids 8-12!
‘Chaos In The Cosmos’ (Magic Island Story) is book two in the ‘Magic Island’ series. In this wonderful
learning adventure, Author Irene Edwards uses the fun and games of the Purple Wizard to bring children
back to the ‘Magic Islands’. As we learned in book one ‘Magic Island’, somewhere along the coast of Wales,
there once existed a small group of islands. They were mysterious islands, often believed to be magical
Your child will enjoy the familiar characters Stefan and Megan, if he or she has read ‘Magic Islands’. Some
of the chapter titles include ‘Hook Eyed Monsters’, ‘The Spacecraft’, ‘Landing on Mars’, ‘Morning on the
Red Planet’, ‘Volcano Olympus Mons’, ‘Let’s Explore the Underworld’, ‘Domadron and the Cyclops’, ‘The
Golden Puddle’, ‘Merlin’s Cave’, ‘The Red Wizards’ Tower’, ‘A Hiding Place’, and ‘Believe It or Not’ to name
The Story Begins: ”The story begins when the “Magic” happens, and the Purple Wizards are sent spinning
from the Magic Islands to the Red Planet, Mars, where they experience a Space adventure on the mystic
planet and its hidden Underworld.
…..In order to escape from the Underworld and from Planet Mars, Izzy Odorous and his gang of Purple
Wizards are faced with having to regain their own powerful magical strengths. With newly regained
powers, they mischievously venture out on a magical mystery tour and later threaten danger to the well
being of the entire Planet Earth.
…..Scratchit is the much feared, adorable, baby Hook-Eyed Cyclops Monster, who creates havoc by way
of his very own busy magical mischief, as he whisks the children, Stefan and Megan, on a terrifying journey
to the Magic Islands.
…..But when the children are confronted with the impending perils of global warming, they are also faced
with having to help the magical inhabitants of the Magic Islands in their fight for survival during a rapidly
changing climatic crisis.
Let me bring you into the story here:
…..“Cheer up, Megan. Let’s get away from these sand dunes and shelter somewhere cool, such as the
caves,” Stefan said briskly.
…..How could she feel cheerful? She stood up and trailed after Stefan as he headed for the caves at the
Land of Rocks.
…..“Do you think the caves will be a safe place for us?” Megan frowned. “They can’t be. Some of the rocks
on the coast are tumbling into the sea?”
…..“Perhaps they may be safe enough, but I’m not really sure. At least the caves will offer shelter from the
sun. I feel so cross with Scratchit today. The silly little Cyclops has brought us here and dumped us on
these islands,” Stefan mumbled in annoyance.
…..“But, I’m seriously worried, Stefan.” Megan sighed in despair, “What if…we really are alone on these
Magic Islands, and there is no one here, to help magic us back to Wales? What if…there is no food for us
to eat… or fresh water to drink, and we dehydrate?
…..What if…the Magic Islands flood over? …..What if…?”
My Thoughts: Author Irene Edwards teaches children about planet earth and the cosmos in this fun,
adventurous, action-adventure, using words and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations.
Children eight to twelve will enjoy reading with an adult or alone. This book will make a great gift, bed
time story, library book, or a summer reading adventure.
The author’s desire to educate children and adults about the preservation of our planet shines through in
her books. Irene provides educational guides, free worksheets for classroom and group discussions.
Reviewed by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).
Paperback: 276 Pages
Publisher: Cambria Books; Illustrated edition (5 Oct. 2020)
Cover illustration by Hywel Edwards
Internal illustrations by Tony Paultyn
Genre: Children's Narrative Fantasy/Adventure 8-12 Years