Friday, November 25, 2011

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherine M. Valente

Book Summer (Via Goodreads): Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.  With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online.

Book Trailer:

Book Review:
Enchanting! This highly imaginative tale has reminiscent tones of Alice in Wonderland, His Dark Materials, and Abarat. Follow September as she embarks on a journey like no other. Valente uses a vivid and innovative voice to create a world of mystery and magic. Throughout her journey, September comes across many unconventional and dynamic characters. Among my favorites are Saturday, A-through-L, the Green Wind, and the Leopard of Little Breezes. What I love most about September, is that she tries to think logically through all the choices she is faced with. Quite impressive for a twelve year old! I had first heard of Valente through the book blogger calico_reaction, who speaks highly of this author and her diverse publications. I was not the least bit disappointed! My only concern is that this book's intended audience is children, and they might have a difficult time understanding some of the content. Of course, their imaginations will run wild! :) This book has so many whimsical and magical tones that it would be hard for any reader not to fall in love with original modern fairytale!

Favorite Quote:
“Stories have a way of changing faces. They are unruly things, undisciplined, given to delinquency and the throwing of erasers. This is why we must close them up into thick, solid books, so they cannot get out and cause trouble.” 

Cover Art Commentary:
I love the bright colors! The illustration is whimsical, yet classical. Very eye-catching! :)


1 comment:

  1. I've heard about this and can't wait to read it. I like how you compared it to Alice in Wonderland, one of my fave stories. This looks amazing!