Oki and Harlo, Fairytale Friends by Cas Mesterom
Genre: Children’s, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (66 pages)
Age Recommendation: 6+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Oki, a little orphaned goat meets Harlo, a shooting star, who falls to earth and ends up in the field where Oki is asleep. They become instant best friends and together they go on a quest to find Oki’s momma.
On their adventure, the little friends encounter wise old, Mr. Owl, Wobbly, the chicken, and a little girl named Ellie and her family.
Enter a world where children can safely go and learn about making friends, being honest, and believing in dreams, as well as healthy eating and the REAL purpose of rainbows!
Not every fairy tale is set long ago or far away. Some of them happen right here and now!
The author had some truly imaginative explanations for why the world works the way it does. For example, I loved what Mr. Mesterom had to say about why dew forms outside every morning. It was such a fun and creative way at looking at something that seems pretty ordinary at first glance. I can’t tell you what the explanation was, of course, but It’s the kind of thing that I would have thought about a lot in grade school if I’d read this book at that age.
The ending felt rushed to me. I had several questions about things that happened earlier on in the plot that were never answered because of how quickly everything ended. Suddenly being cut off from the storyline was a let down, especially since I never saw it coming. If this hadn’t happened, I would have picked a higher rating as I was really enjoying the main characters’ adventures up until that point.
Speaking of Oki and Harlo, they were such good friends. They had a lot in common and they really seemed to care about each other. I liked seeing how they met and following them as they tried to find Oki’s mother and figure out how to send Harlo back to the sky where he belonged. They were a wonderful team.
Oki and Harlo, Fairytale Friends was a unique little tale that I’d recommend to anyone who is in the mood for an adventure.