The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Series: Fairyland #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 10th 2011
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. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.
I definitely felt the connection of this book to Alice in Wonderland right away. Just the way the book looked, felt and read when beginning it had that whimsical and magical feeling to it. That and how slightly strange everything was.
As I was reading, I felt transported to this other land. There was an extra vibe of steampunk to the setting which made it all the more strange. It's definitely an adventure that makes your brain churn through different ideas of how it connects to other stories like it and how it is unique in its own way.
September is a character that stands out. She's taken with the idea of an adventure and curious about the world around her. Never showing fear, she plunges into the land to do what she thinks is right – confronting the evil Marquess. What she'll find is an interesting character that almost makes sense. I love the mix of the world we know with Fairyland and how reality really does not belong in a wondrous land that has imaginary creatures.
An enjoyable journey that is an interesting mix of strange and magical with a bit of a twist from the world as we know it. One I'd recommend for lovers of Alice in Wonderland.
Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?
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