A Chameleon a Boy and a Quest
By J. A. Myhre
New Growth Press 1301 Carolina Street, Suite L-101, Greensboro, NC 27401
978-1942572084, $ 15.99, 2015, 160 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
A Tale of Adventure and Fantasy with Lessons on Redemption and Sacrifice
Author, J. A. Myhre, and illustrator Acacia Masso expand the mind of the reader and give the child a broader understanding of the world and peoples of Uganda, Africa and of man’s universal need for fulfillment, purpose, acceptance, and family as seen through the eyes of ten year old Mu, a young African boy on a quest. A quest for identity and purpose, stolen from him as a baby.
“A Chameleon a Boy and a Quest” is an allegory, rich in adventure, full of fantasy; a combination of myth, superstition, folklore, and reality. Ten year old Mu is sold by his great uncle to men intent on using Mu for their evil purposes. In a fast moving series of events Mu faces danger, an ever present evil enemy, the friendship and guidance of a chameleon called Tita, and the protection of a dog named Botu.
Masso’s bold pen and ink drawings add a new depth of meaning to Myhre’s delightful narrative, and creative word pictures. Picture ten year old Mu riding bareback across the “nearly four meters above the African grasslands,” or sleeping soundly, without fear, in an oversized deserted ant hill, with the howling of hyenas, and the snarling of a lioness, guarding her cubs in the background.
A compelling story, reminiscent of C. S. Lewis, insightful and compassionate full of hope in the midst of endangerment, an amazing story of miraculous provision sustenance and protection on each step of Mu’s quest.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.