It's whimsical, it's magical...and I have a rather unsettling urge to wish you a merry un-something or other. BUT....while there is tea of sorts and desserts/food aplenty (though being Fairy in origin, one may want to be careful), there are also green smoking jackets with pride of their own, lanterns that do more than light your way, and a key with not only a purpose but a mission. It would do fine and well, well and fine in fact to compare it to several infamous predecessors that one can't help but be reminded of. Off the top of my head, it has quite a mix of all the elements we love from tales such as Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and a bit of Peter Pan....but my fair readers, it is merely in a general form as opposed to actual function because short of any of its other aspirations, it is a wonder all its own.
Like any fairytale worth its salt (no no Saturday....not literal salt...hush now) there is a longing for more than one's current surroundings, a rescue, a capture, an escape, a recapturing...and an ending boiling in surprise and steeping in wonder. Yes...it is a large and lengthy list of ingredients that went into the making of this literary stew, but if I do say so myself....they got the flavor JUST RIGHT. Great for young readers looking for an adventure and to (inadvertently) increase their vocabulary....seriously a few words in here even YOU (yes adult readers...I'm looking at you) may have to look up, I know I did. Wonderful for young adult readers as they unravel the many word plays and mysteries that abound. Fantastic for adult readers ad they take a trip back to childhood days of reading the previously mentioned old favorites and marvel at just how that magic was recaptured for today's readers once again.
Still not convinced this is the book for you? Oye...you are a hard one aren't you? Okay....let's have a looksie at the fabulous book trailer. I warn you. You may be have to watch it twice for the FULL effect. Ready? Here goes...
(It's easy peasey....no extra entries, just one for all and all for one!)