Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Ugly Teapot: Book One: Hannah by Fred Holmes

The Ugly Teapot: Book One: Hannah
by Fred Holmes

Publisher: Fred Holmes; 1 edition (March 24, 2016)
Publication Date: March 24, 2016
ISBN: 1530743710
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Print Length: 251 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.

To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.

Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.

She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love
   The Ugly Teapot: Book One: Hannah by Fred Holmes
Loss of a loved one is heart-wrenching, as adults we know we can’t change things, but what about a child who has lost a parent? Hannah’s father was a traveler, his photography took him far from home and into dangerous territories. He always came home with tales of strange lands, gifts filled with magical stories of great powers within. And then it happened, he didn’t come home and Hannah’s world crumbled. As she sat with all of the mementos given with love, she remembered THE UGLY TEAPOT, the one her father said was a magic lamp. So she rubbed and she rubbed and she wished for it to be real, that maybe the genie within would bring her father back.

If this was really Aladdin’s Lamp, just maybe she could have her dad back. What Hannah will experience will reassure her that her father’s love will never die, no matter what. Follow Hannah’s journey with a grumpy genie, her father and an enemy who wants nothing more than to steal the lamp from her. Will Hannah finally realize that the lamp is too powerful for mortals to use wisely? Perhaps it belongs hidden from humanity for everyone’s own good.

Hannah is a wonderful and caring girl, for as much as she wants her father back for herself, she knows how painful his loss is for her entire family. A wonderful tale for middlegrade readers on up, Fred Holmes shares the magic of reading and the power of words to carry readers to another world that feels real.

THE UGLY TEAPOT by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic, adventure and love. There is the pain of loss and the need for closure, as well as the overwhelming truth that the power of love will live in your heart.

I received this copy from Fred Holmes in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful review, Dianne!

    1. Thank YOU for a wonderful read for kids of all ages!