the sequel to "Howl's moving castle" is another very enjoyable read, funny and entertaining. Sophie and Howl are back, but this time as sidekicks in a story that is crazy, scary and, again, magical. Can't wait for the next one!
A nice and very interesting story, which follows the steps of Howl's Moving Castle. From the trilogy, I think this book is for me the most compelling of the three.
The characters are well developed and not stereotypical and there are some good performances of characters from the other books.
Very recommendable for lovers of related-magic stories.
I must say that the end did not surprise me too much, after reading the ends of the other books (in the same line, related to who the characters really are).
Stevie would normally be your ‘go to’ person for children’s books – she absolutely loves them. Well, all I have to say after reading this book is ... step back Stevie, I’m the new children’s fan! This book is chaotically magical and a great read for any age group.
Charmain Baker is a bookworm (something I can definitely relate to!); she has her nose in a book all day and aspires to work in the King’s library. So you can imagine how annoyed she is when she has to look after Great Uncle William’s tiny cottage while he’s ill. It seems a simple task until you realise that Great Uncle William is a Royal Wizard and everything in his house is magical: the fireplace, the food, even the stray dog and Charmain hasn’t been trained in magic at all! To make matters worse, the house bends space and time; a single door leads to countless places – the bedrooms, the kitchen, the caves, the study, even the past. If you can think it up, this door would probably take you there...
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Funny and lovely. The characters could have been a bit more developed, but they were fun to read. The ending is a little confused and rushed, as it often happens in the big resolutions of Diana Wynne Jones books, but I really enjoyed reading this one....Continua
So glad to see all members of the moving castle (including the castle itself) showed up in this story.
The house in this book is no less magical than the moving castle in my opinion.
I was stuck by seeing the dog as a male in the first and then they found he is a "she". But this was solved perfectly toward the end.
Love the characters in this book - Charmain and Peter are just like ordinary kids, the cute dog Waif, the loving father Mr. Baker...... but the poor royalties are such pleasant surprise - but i always appreciate the surprises Diana's talent offers.
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