If you loved Kupuna Kane’s first book, ‘Keoni: the Good Menehune’, then the sequel, ‘Keoni and Friends’ is icing on the cake—everything that made the first book tick makes this one worth keeping as well, and more.
‘Keoni and Friends’, of course, follows further adventures of the title character, Keoni, a Hawaiian Menehune (or leprechaun). In the last book, Keoni encountered the little glittering people, who told him he has a special destiny. In this present book, Keoni wakes up from an exciting dream, only to realize later that the dream was real—that he, in fact, was visited by the little glittering people. And true to its promise, we learn more about Keoni’s life, culture, and his powers, such as his “silent talking” to animals, his ancient powerful bloodline, and a slew of new friends and magical beings such as a mermaid and Marie-Lumere the Korrigan.
But more than the sheer sense of excitement and wonderful magic, this series of books featuring Keoni is perfect for young readers because of its positive values. With beautiful color illustrations and easy to read pronounce text, ‘Keoni and Friends’ will enthral and educate young children and will stimulate them to engage in a discussion of friendship, acceptance of one’s differences, and doing one’s homework.
Overall, author Kupuna Kane has upped the ante with this second book—it is more fun and provides a richer experience for young readers. There are also a lot of new stimulating topics that may form seeds of lively discussions when you read it to a group of youngsters. I highly recommend this to any parent or anyone who has young loved ones. Order a copy of this today—you won’t be disappointed. This deserves all the five-star ratings it gets.