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Everybody in the elves’ village was in a terrible state of worry and confusion, dashing hither and thither. And all because the King of the Elves had lost his crown. THEY - the people who live in the house - had been spring-cleaning, and had taken everything out of the china-cupboard where the elves’ village is. That, said the King, was when the crown was lost.

The kitchen is also the home of Fendire, the infra-red dragon; the deep-freeze trolls; the slimy kelpies in the dishwasher; Norn of the broom-cupboard; and the Vacuum Witch in the Utility Desert. All these provide dangerous adventures for Young Prince Coriander, who returns to hunt for the precious crown.

©1983 Joan Aiken Enterprises Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A charming, intelligent children's story

I first heard this story as a little girl and when I saw it was available here I bought it immediately. The story is about elves living in a kitchen and the author manages to bring the world to life, making it magical and yet still recognizable. This story has many interesting characters and ideas. The narrator does a wonderful job and has a beautiful voice. This story is imaginative and I enjoyed just as much listening to it as an adult as I did as a little girl. I would heartily recommend this to others.