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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

What it's about:
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.

My Thoughts:
When I first heard about this book, I was pretty much sold on it. The only thing I was worried about was the fact that this is a children's book and I wasn't sure how much it would actually appeal to me. Don't get me wrong, children's books can be awesome but I am also in my 20s so sometimes I get bored with them.

Anyway, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making ended up being an amazing book. I really did love it. It's got a great plot, a great setting, great characters. Everything had a really great magical feel to it like I was hoping for. It really reminded me of Alice in Wonderland. I felt that the story was very similar in some ways but still different enough that I did not get bored with it. I also didn't find it to be overwelming cheesy and it does have some darker parts to it that I think adults could really enjoy when reading it either for themselves or to their children. Also, the cover and the pictures in this book are beautiful. For each chapter, there was one picture. Which is great for children but it doesn't overpower the writing.

So overall, I would recommend this for (obviously) children, parents and anyone else that loves magical stories. If you love Alice in Wonderland, I am pretty sure that you will love this story aswell. I hope this review helps a bit and if you read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Number of Pages: 247
Stars: 5

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