Oslo Robins has always been a bit of a misfit. After his reclusive grandfather passes away and his family inherits a large estate in the countryside, his life remains anything but simple. New home, new school, means all kinds of adventures for a child of the city. When fantastical things start happening, Oslo discovers that his grandfather’s estate is hiding more than a few secrets! Written and illustrated by C.S. Robadue, it is a story of suspense, adventure, friendship, and the knowledge that there is an unseen world, that begins right where our imagination ends.
JANUARY 2017 saw the completion of C.S. Robadue’s second book, ‘The Tao of Tula and Oslo’. This fun Juvenile Fiction chapter book is a dramatic, engaging, contemporary adventure story. The book in whole weighs in at a friendly 164 pages and is a real page turner, with each chapter leaving you wanting to know what happens next!
There is much to discover in this new release, including 18 original full page black & white illustrations done in pencil. Along with dozens of other drawings scattered about the book! These little touches remain the visual hallmarks of a C.S. Robadue crafted book.
Is absolutely a story to be enjoyed by all ages, while for the core audience an eight to twelve year old reading level would serve them very well. Hope you enjoy this timeless tale and thanks for stopping by!
“This is a beautifully written (and illustrated!) story about the power of friendship, love, and nature in the face of greed and destructiveness. With quite a few plot twists, unique characters, and harrowing moments, this book had me captivated. The author does a great job portraying what it’s like to be a misfit teenager, with thoughtful treatment of difficult themes such as a grandparent’s death, parent’s alcoholism, and bullying at school. Oslo is not the only interesting and deep character. The parts told from Jamie’s point of view develop her character in a way that is delightfully relatable! The book’s central theme of protecting the environment from capitalistic greed is especially relevant today.” ~ Goodreads.com
“The author had me hooked right from the first line of this wonderful story! Although billed as a junior fiction work, as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tale of Oslo Robins, his newfound friends, and their mystical adventures while living on a large estate in the country. After all, who would not love to be a kid who inherits a grand estate?! But there is so much more to this story than meets the eye. The author combines elements of fantasy with real life issues and weaves a dramatic tale that leaves your heart pounding to the finish. Both children and adults alike will be transported to a fantastical realm through these words and illustrations.
One aspect of this story that I loved is the way the author has you rooting for the underdogs the entire time. Additionally, the current concerns facing our planet that he brings to the forefront of the novel will leave you thinking carefully about what is truly important in life, and what type of person you want to be in order to make an impact on the world. Do you want to be a money grubbing cold- hearted person, or a kinder more gentler soul who puts others before oneself? The author takes you on a roller coaster of emotions with each character that keeps you guessing right until the end.
This novel has impacted the way I view nature and our planet. Is a tree just simply a tree? Is a flower just a flower? Perhaps not, maybe there is more to it than we know. The author is obviously passionate about the subject of which he writes and his passion comes across in the pages of this novel. All of us could benefit from remembering what it means to be a true friend, we could all use some time away from our hectic lives to inhabit a kinder and gentler world. I urge parents to read this book with their children and discuss it with them, as even a younger child can appreciate the message. I will be buying this book for all of my friends’ kids to read!” ~ Amazon.com