About the Book
Title: Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse (Zoe & Zak Series, Book #2)
Author: Lars Guignard
Publishers: Fantastic Press
Publication Date: September 9, 2013
Recommended Age: 8+
SummaryZoe and Zak are back in India. Again. And this time they're attending Moonstock Himalayan Boarding School, which might seem fun except for the fact that the school itself is a little strange. Students ride elephants instead of school buses, snarling monkeys work as security guards, and angry parrots monitor the halls. And even when they manage to get used to the wildlife, the food is absolutely terrible. But living with a bunch of other kids their age can be a lot of fun, too, or at least it seems that way until Zoe's roommate goes missing. Following the directions written on a steamy bathroom mirror, Zoe and Zak fly through the clouds on their magic carpet to learn that the two of them have been chosen yet again. This time they've been asked to lift the Yogi's Curse. It's not going to be easy. Zoe and Zak don't even know what the Yogi's Curse is let alone how to lift it, but like it or not, they soon discover that a whole lot of people are depending on them. Now, if they're going to save the day, Zoe and Zak are going to have to fool the monkey guards, avoid the nasty parrots, and maybe even develop a supernatural ability or two. Because lurking beneath Moonstock is a powerful new enemy. And if Zoe and Zak can't stop him, nobody can.
Heart of a Philanthropist's Take
Ridiculousness I say! Utter Ridiculousness. That is what makes The Yogi's Curse fun. Two friends get to go to a boarding school in India. The picturesque scene Lars Guignard paints makes me feel like I want to be there to see it for myself. The way he describes the cafeteria food reminds me of going to camp as a kid. The mischief Zak and Zoe get themselves into is dangerous and makes the reader's heart skip a beat or two.
I was a bit skeptical about this book when I began to read all of the yogi stuff. I don't know that I like kids learning about it at such a young age. I guess I am afraid it will scare them. Parts of this book are a bit scary. But part of growing up IS fantastic and dramatic play. Elephant eggs, elephant wings, a flying carpet, a 5,000 year old yogi under a tree, and the weirdest form of telephone service you will ever hear of- all of these are part of The Yogi's Curse that Zak and Zoe must solve. Will they be able to? Hmm, you gotta read it to find out. Then, come back and let me know what you think about.
Will I read the other books in the series? Yes.