“The Odessa Chronicles”

“The Odessa  Chronicles” is a collection of short stories suitable for children ages 4 to 104!

Odessa is a Barn Owl with an attitude, who befriended Jaxon (a magical Jackalope). The two of them met Dewey (a cat with all the usual cat characteristics based around a desire for a life of luxury), and the three of them moved into an empty farm.

Joshua Pebblestone retired from his work and purchased his dream farm. His life was now going to be spent immersed in the peace and quiet of rural life … but you can probably guess which farm he purchased!

He had no idea how full of adventures and humor his life was to become, with the antics of his three lodgers. He also had no idea that they would quickly steal his heart and be his best friends!

The following reviews are copied from amazon.com:

“I am still wading through this book which chapter by chapter gives unending magic, fun, hi-jinks and makes me a grown up smile or laugh while reading it to my kid. A darn good book. BUY it, preferably a paperback simply because this is one of those meant to be read in a chair type books. Every chapter is not only hilarious but short, and a breeze. It is great whether to read to children or simply to forget life awhile as an adult. We all need that! I almost never review a book before I’ve read it but, I am doing so now for two reasons. 1, it is taking me awhile to get through the whole thing (which is fine because it will keep giving for a looong time to come) and 2 every chapter is consistent, you can expect wonderful adventures and laughter without fail, this book is pleasant and consistent so I have no fear about crazy surprises or unexpected turns except the good kind. I am happy and comfortable to just review it ahead of time with confidence. Some books are fine whether ebook or print but this one should be read traditionally. You will absolutely love this book and I hope to see sequels!”

“I got a lot of laughs out of this book. The authors say it’s for children of all ages, and I guess they’re right, since I’m in my 60s and found myself entertained with every page. But I can understand why very young kids would like it also. After all, what kid doesn’t like talking animals?

The animals in this tale get into all kinds of mischief, and have a proclivity to pull practical jokes on their human friend, whom they call their Man-Servant. And he returns the favor by pulling jokes on them.

I found the writing to be highly polished. And it flowed smoothly and captivated my attention. The characters are painted with depth and feeling. They seemed to come alive, with their own souls. And by the middle of the book I sensed that I had come to know them well, and could regard them as my fictional friends.

Life lessons are interwoven throughout 47 chapters of fun, adventure, and humor. It’s a long book, but you can digest it a little at a time, since each chapter is a self-contained story.”

Footnote: Due to the prohibitive costs of making this book available for worldwide distribution, “The Odessa Chronicles” is now only available direct from Friesen Press. Click book cover in right column for link to Friesen Press.