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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Rory Aqua Adventure Man by Michelle Path - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Rory has been in the toy store for a very long time and wishes for someone to give him a home. Unfortunately Rory isn't one of the popular toys, so he ends up in the bargain bin. Every day he sees children come and go, until the day Emily enters the store. Emily's mother buys him for her daughter as a birthday present and Rory can't wait to see his new home. Emily's room is filled with other toys and Rory soon makes friends. What kind of adventures will Rory have in Emily's pink and fluffy room?

Emily goes to the beach with her mother and brings Rory with her. Rory has never seen the beach and he loves how the sand feels on his feet. When nobody is looking Rory wiggles his toes. Then Emily leaves in a hurry and forgets Rory. Unfortunately the tide rises and Rory is being swept out to the open sea. With only his surfboard to keep him floating, Rory has no idea what to do. Will he ever find his way back home again?

Rory Aqua Adventure Man is an adventurous story about a brave doll. Rory is kindhearted and sweet. He has never been on his own in the outside world and he has to find help in the most unexpected places. I loved how Michelle Path has chosen a girl to take home a doll that's labelled in the store as a boy's toy. I'm a big believer of the fact that children can play with any toy they want and that it doesn't matter if it's meant for boys or girls. For me that made the book even more fun to read. I really enjoyed going on a journey with Rory and loved the crazy twists and turns in his story. Rory Aqua Adventure Man is laced with humor and I loved Michelle Path's original approach of her story. Rory's adventures will speak to the imagination of any child and I highly recommend this great book.


If your looking for a book with great adventures, originality and humor, Rory Aqua Adventure Man will be a perfect choice. The book is meant for the 7 to 12 age category, but is suitable for anyone who loves to read about toys that are alive.

About Michelle Path

Michelle Path is an Australian award-winning children's author as well as running Purple Pony Publishing.

She lives on a farmlet in picturesque West Gippsland which she shares with her 4 horses, 3 dogs and a tank full of goldfish. Michelle has always felt drawn to writing and began writing, particularly fantasy stories, as a teenager. To date she has published 21 children's books including 6 in her award-winning Xalien the Purple Alien series.

Xalien the Purple Alien has won a bronze Bizziebaby award as well as a Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention award and a Story Monsters Approved award. Xalien the Purple Alien: Xalien Goes to School won a silver Bizziebaby award and Xalien the Purple Alien has won a gold Bizziebaby award. Recently her book Phantasmagorical Phobias won the New Apple book award for short story fiction. The Cowboy Who Was Scared of Horses was a silver medalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

Michelle has always had a vivid imagination and loves to create interesting characters and places. She likes to incorporate messages and morals into her stories, often using humour or irony to capture children's imagination and making reading an enjoyable experience. Her books encourage tolerance and kindness, caring for animals and the environment, things she highly values. Her books encourage family time where they can be discussed which also help parents instill children with important values in a subtle way.

When Michelle isn't working on her stories she can be found riding her horses, often competing in dressage competitions. She enjoys keeping fit and taking her dogs for long walks. She is a keen music fan and enjoys going to concerts and the theatre.


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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of Rory Aqua Adventure Man by Michelle Path.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Rory Aqua Adventure Man sounds like an unique and imaginative tale with colourful descriptions and well placed humour.

  2. What a great book for kids! So colourful and attractive a cover xx

  3. Rory Aqua Adventure Man sounds like an adorable story, and perfect for summer. I can see a lot of dolls being rescued from the sale bin!

  4. I'm so excited to read it with my daughter.

  5. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone.

  6. This would definitely be a great book for my grandchildren.

  7. I'm going to get this for my friend Rory (aged 50) as a Christmas prezzy!