Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente

Title: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Series: Fairyland #1
Author:  Catherynne M. Valente
Release Date: May 10, 2011
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
Source: Publisher 
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.
There is nothing I can say in this review about this book that hasn't already been said. Reading this delightful middle grade novel, I felt like a young child, reading my favorite fairytales for the first time. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente was wonderfully written with a lyrical prose and whimsical feel. 

The writing was...WOW. It's gorgeous and beautiful and flowed so gracefully when read out loud. September had such a quirkiness about her and if the writing had been any different, reading this book wouldn't have been as enjoyable. Catherynne M. Valente has a stunning way of writing and she is sure to be a popular author. 

The plot was full of different yet delightful characters who had their own unique personalities. Every chapter began with a new adventure and new people for September to meet. It never got boring or confusing. Children will love September's adventures, just as much as older readers will. It was like I was transformed back to when I was a young kid. I am so amazed at Catherynne Valente's ability to create such a world and characters. I found many similarities between her characters and other stories but they were all universal ideas. It was something that all children (and older reads) can all relate to. 

And going now the universal ideas topic, somehow, with charismatic subtly, Catherynne Valente was able to bring forth topics such as slavery and horrors of the world to light.Overall, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was a delightful and fun read. It had such an imaginative and unique setting and characters that you can't help but fall in love within pages. Catherynne Valente's novel is sure to become a favorite among children, teens, and adults alike!   
Cover Comments: 
I LOVE IT! The illustration is so perfect for this book. It has an air of uniqueness but that undertone of a whimsical fairytale that we all love. 
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