Book Review: The End of the Beginning by Avi

The End of the Beginning by Avi

Book #6 – The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant) by Avi

Genre: Children’s/Fable

Page Numbers: 144 pages

Dates Read: 1/14/14

Plot in three lines or less: Avon the snail believes he needs to have an adventure. After all the books he has read, he is most certain of it. As he sets off, he meets Edward, a very thoughtful but not always informed ant. As they travel, they meet many interesting characters (including a dragon!) and they realize that even the tiniest adventures can change your view of the entire world.

New read or re-read? Re-read

Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would read it again, and I would recommend it to others!

Why did I pick it up? I was looking for several quick reads before I pick up my next long book, and this definitely fit the bill. I read it in the half hour break I had for lunch that day.

Favorite Line? There were several.

“Half the fun of going away is saying good-bye.” / “I rushed off and you stayed put. But, nevertheless, we’re both here. What’s more, it took the same amount of time for both of us to get there.” / “Getting yourself lost is easy. Happens all the time. It’s finding yourself that’s hard.” / “The world needs more good dragons.” / “Don’t look at the world with your eyes but with your heart.” / “Never rush into anything which may want rushing out of.”

Rating: 5/5

Other Notes? This was one I’d originally borrowed from the library a number of years ago, and loved it so much I wanted to make sure I owned my own copy. I was at a local used book shop back over the summer, and found it for a serious discount, so of course I had to pick it up.

Grand Total: 63

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