by Sally Gardner
Candlewick/Brilliance Audio, 2013
There is so much I want to say about this book. So much. But each and every element or facet or consequence I might mention would rob you of the opportunity to experience it yourself, thereby diminishing your encounter. Even saying that much feels like something of a spoiler.
So I’ll make just these few short comments:
1) Every now and again you read something that feels actually new. This is one of those stories.
2) For a good while you will feel disoriented. Stick it out. It’s worth it.
3) There are some powerful, interactive spot illustrations in the print book that contribute to the mood. The audiobook is sharp and reserved and extraordinary. Take your pick.
4) Please read this book as soon as you can, then find me so we can talk about it.