Children’s author Allen Hall may
be 57 years old, and to some this is an age where most people forgot what it was like to be a child, but not Allen Hall, the
author of The Wizard Master; he has shown with his exciting and fun writing that he is still a child at heart.
The author, who declined to go down the
normal route of looking for a mainstream publisher decided to take full control of his masterpiece and went down the brave
road of self-publishing; a road that I believe today is one that more authors should take. “It may have taken five years
to write and edit the book,” the author replied, “but it has been well worth it with the huge response I have
had from children and adults alike. “You think back at all the hard times you had, editing the book with days not believing
that one day those words on the paper in front of you will turn into a book, all the memories of the pain and the tiredness
disappear when you see the delight on a child’s face who tells you how much they enjoyed the book.”
In this day and age when we think about
children’s books we think of Harry Potter and J.K Rowling, which no one can disagree has encouraged more children to
read. But is there any room for another children’s authors to excite our children? Well, besides the underrated
Jacqueline Wilson, who I personally believe is our leading British children’s author, apparently there is room according
to the rave reviews on The Wizard Master. And who are these reviews from: the media, book reviewers? NO!, the reviews
come from the most important section of the writing community, the reader, the children, the children who want to be taken
down the road of fun, excitement and magical dreams.
“I think this book is better than
Harry Potter,” one child remarked,
“I grab my book as soon as I get
home from school and go on a magical experience,” said another enthusiastic reader.
The Wizard Master is set
in the future and tells the story of Izward and his virtual reality adventure through time and space, tearing children away
from the mundane television screens and instead into a book that is filled with more fun, excitement and magical adventures
that any television programme can offer.
It is not just children readers who are
excited by the author's helping; adults are reading The Wizard Master as well, trying to go back to their childhood
in that safe, innocent world of where books can take you down a road that life cannot, a road of dreams, excitement and adventure.
When people ask me what is a good children’s
novel, I say it is when a parent likes to read it to their child in bed and then once asleep read it themselves.