A fabulously detailed and richly exciting adventure story that grips the listener in its magical clutches from the very beginning.
©2004 Anna Dale; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Curless offers an upbeat reading sustained with notes of suspense and mystery befitting Dale's effervescent fantasy. Kids will be eager to follow the inviting Curless along for all the twists and turns here." (Publishers Weekly)
I don't know what a younger audience would think of this book but I found it kind of boring. I didn't really finish the last hour or so, I couldn't focus on it for too long at a time and found myself drifting off so I finally stopped trying.
I think this book is more for 5-8 year olds. My 2 girls love listening to this book as light and easy to follow and well narrated. I found it enjoyable the first time and it is still pleasant to listen hear serveral times later.
This is a good children's book for 7- to 10-year-olds, but not a great one and not one that is particularly of interest to adults.
The characters have quirks, but are not very well developed. There?s not much sense of the setting--modern-day Canterbury--or of the subculture of witches and magic. Three stars may seem a bit unfair, but there are plenty of examples of children?s books for this age group--Mary Norton?s The Borrowers series, C. S. Lewis?s Narnia series, Lynn Reid Banks?s Indian in the Cupboard, Edward Eager?s funny magic books--that have great characterization combined with a sense of place.
Buy it for a child but not for yourself.
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