©2004 Jean Ferris; (P)2007 Listen and Live Audio, Inc.
"In a gratifying fantasy that contains elements of classic fairy tales, Ferris...breathes new life into archetypal characters by adding unexpected and often humorous dimensions to their personalities." (Publishers Weekly)
"This complex, fast-paced plot, a mixture of fantasy, romance, comedy, and coming-of-age novel, succeeds because these characters are compelling, well developed, and sympathetic." (School Library Journal)
I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.
I am a teacher, so I love YA/Children's Literature generally, but I truly enjoyed this just on it's own merits. It has so many funny fairytale references and phrases that younger kids might Not notice, but which are very entertaining for more advanced listeners.
A very "appropriate," as we say, book for both boys and girls ages 9-14 or so. Excellent strong, intelligent characters of different genders ( and species) .
Excellent narration (especially Ed the troll!) and audio production values. Listen and Live Audio has never let me down on production.
Really a fun listen-- I will definitely look for more by this author and narrator.
32 years old and still addicted to happy endings!
This was a good book to listen to as long as you expect a cutesy story with lovable characters. Parents and kids can listen together. It is extremely easy to pick out the good guys and bad guys, and sweet to watch Marigold and Christian become better friends and sweet on each other. They start as "pen pals" but become just the encouragement the other needs to overcome the difficult Mother situation (Marigold) and the difficult Life Direction situation (Christian) deals with. Some of the characters are funny, and have entertaining accents. The Troll in particular has catchy phrases that some kids might not get because they are all intermingled: Bump on a log becomes Bump on a Stump, est. Not a gripping adult novel, but I would get it again. Fair warning though the end is expectedly cheesy :)
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