The Bagthorpe books are classic British humor, and the audio versions are ideal for two reasons: 1. A narrator who fits the material perfectly; 2. When I try to read these books aloud to my kids I have trouble because I keep laughing so hard.
A foster child with no memory of her origins learns she's from another magical world. That's always an irresistible premise, and I did get caught up in the story. But the characters' relationships and emotional reactions to each other kept ringing false. Close bonds of trust and affection would seemingly pop up in an instant, while genuine tragedies seemed to only merit an "oh no, what a shame!" I just didn't believe in the characters, and so I found it hard to really care about the book.
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