Review by Jo Barton at Jaffareadstoo, July 2019
Sven’s father is a prisoner in a faraway country. There is a way to get him free and Sven knows how to do it, but he will need help. An offer of assistance comes from a very unexpected and frightening source. Will Sven be brave enough to accept it?
What did I think about it..
Our introduction to nine year old Sven, who lived a thousand years ago in a place called Sweden, starts this adventurous story which is aimed at younger readers.
Sven watched his father set sail to the Land of the Rus with his words echoing that he would return to Sven.. “when the birds fly south before the winter.. I will be coming home with silver and presents for your mother and you..” But although he watched and waited, Sven’s father did not return as promised, and therein starts Sven’s intrepid adventure to rescue his father from the Land of the Rus.
The story is aimed at younger readers and is simply told but with enough adventure to hold the imagination and there are some quite beautiful illustrations which really help to bring the narrative alive. I can well imagine that young readers will thoroughly enjoy Sven’s adventures because he is quite an intrepid character. His quest to find his father is filled with a sense of danger and a lovely magical element which reminded me of an adventuresome fairy story.
Coming in at 35 pages, Sven and the Purse of Silver is just the right length of story for a comfortable bedtime read and I am sure that confident young readers will find much to enjoy when Sven’s adventure gets underway. Equally, it’s also the right sort of length to be comfortably read over a couple of evenings as a bedtime story and I would imagine that the grown up will enjoy it too, I know I did!