“Wonderful vocabulary builder”Ms Morscheck wrote this review Sunday, November 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is a fabulous read, I definitely recommend it!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!”
“This is a wonderful story about growing up and staying young. But Valente makes few concessions for children, or squeamish readers, or those with their own notion of what a fairy tale should be. As the Green Wind warns: “there will be blood.” Lots of it. And sexual allusions. And Death in a smart acorn cap.
There are elements of Lewis Carroll in the Fantasyland beasts, but without so much absurdity. Connections can also be made to Oz, and Lemony Snicket’s narration, and countless other stories and styles. The sum of this novel, however, defies easy comparison.
The cast includes at least a dozen gems. The evil Marquess is one of the best: an all-powerful petulant pre-teen with her own blueprint for the perfect Fairyland. My other favorites include Death, the Wyvern, and Calpurnia Farthing.
The morals are clear enough for middle school, and mature enough to make anyone think. Most important, the adventurous thread of the plot is astounding.”
“This book is odd in a good way and very adventures and exciting. Sometime you should never leave home. ”Choco 11 wrote this review Friday, September 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A tricky and fascinating book. Makes me wonder how outrageous and bizarre Alice in Wonderland must have seemed when it was first read by its audience. Many fantastical characters to keep track of. I found if I took a few days off from reading this, I got lost from the thread of the story since ANYTHING was possible so logic wasn't especially helpful to remember what had been going on. But it was so original, the writing so creative and the wording so delicious, that it is worth all the attention it demands.”Mrs. Pava wrote this review Wednesday, September 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I adored this book! It was a delight & a pleasure to read. Valente has enviable imaginative powers, and clearly revels in her storytelling. This book reminded me what it's like to be a child entranced by a story.”Coraline Truesdell wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I had heard a lot about this book when it first came out - a couple of my coworkers were reading it. I wasn't sure I was interested when one of them did not even finish the book. However, the second volume came out and I was reminded about the first book in the series.
I enjoyed this book and I especially liked the drawings. I think this would be a good audio book, but then you would not see Ana Juan's illustrations. It was fun to see a heroine who was not entirely perfect and the fairyland that Valente builds is unique. There are some references to other fantasy books which are fun, but you don't have to be familiar with them to enjoy the book. Valente obviously enjoys creating a new world.
When I read juvenile books, I try to imagine if I would have read them when I was haunting my library as a child. I read a lot and fairies were high on my list. I am not sure I would have liked September as much then as I like her now.
I recommend this book to adults who enjoyed Alice in Wonderland or the Oz books when they were kids, to juvenile readers who like visiting strange, new worlds and to teens to are willing to walk into the children's room at their local library.
“"It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else."”Julie R wrote this review Sunday, July 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Oz + Wonderland + Narnia= Fairyland. September is a little girl who is swept off to Fairyland by the Green Wind. Instead of being a reluctant hero, she is open to everything, for why else would you go to Fairyland if not to have an adventure? Instead of being given a quest, she makes decisions that send her off on several missions that are all intertwined. Nothing is as it seems, which is exactly how it *should* be. I was trying to read little snatches of this book at school and was having trouble getting into it, so I brought it home for the long weekend and read it in 24 hours. The language is gorgeous and rich and deserved my undivided attention. I'm sad it ended, even though book 2 is already available (and the author interview at the end indicated three books more to come!)”Susie P wrote this review Sunday, May 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No