Book Review – The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Valente, Catherynne M. - Fairyland 1When the opportunity explore a land of adventure presents itself, September doesn’t hesitate to leave home behind to take up the adventure of a lifetime. Aided by a dutiful jacket, partly-educated dragon-kin, and a pair of magic shoes, September navigates the most dreaded, delightful, and deadly places in Fairyland.

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.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a book for fans of classic fantasy adventures. Inspired by favorites like The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and The Chronicles of Narnia, it holds to the same style, flavor, and hallmarks, making this first book in the Fairyland series read like a well-aged classic itself.

“Wishes get slimy, and their colors fade, and soon they are just mud, like all the rest of the mud, and not wishes at all, but regrets. The trouble is, not everyone can tell when they ought to launder their wishes.”

While wondrous and quite scenic, there are a few gruesome portions to the story that may frighten sensitive readers. I recommend this as a book to read if you’re feeling nostalgic but looking for something new.


⬢ ⬢ ⬢ ⬢  FOUR STARS
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