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Publisher's Summary

The Pinhoes don't want the Chrestomanci to find out that they've been misusing their magic, but when Cat finds a mysterious old egg at Gammer's place, the Chrestomanci is sure to notice.

Author Diana Wynne Jones has won the prestigious Guardian and Mythopoeic Awards. The Pinhoe Egg, the fifth book in her popular Chrestomanci series, brings back Cat Chant.

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©2006 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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"A must for Chrestomanci fans, this solidly entertaining tale is also accessible to readers new to the series." (Booklist)

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  • John
  • Denver, Colorado, United States
  • 05-31-10

Diana Wynne Jones' Pinhoe Egg

This is a kids book. However as an adult and also a fan of this authors work, I have to say that I did enjoy this book. The author has a very good manner of ending stories that always satisfies, and also has a method of world building a completely believable world. This is a part of a series, but from reading it I have to say that you in no way need to read the previous books to understand what is happening.

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A must for Chrestomanci fans

What did you love best about The Pinhoe Egg?

This is one of those books that starts off with two separate story lines that merge after a while. There are some very memorable characters, especially the one that comes from the egg!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pinhoe Egg?

The most memorable moment has to be when the egg hatches.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't have just one favorite scene, but anything involving the egg and the creature that hatches from it are among my favorites.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of the scenes made me laugh out loud.

Any additional comments?

This is quite possibly my favorite Chrestomanci book. The story is interesting. It seems like there is a lot going on sometimes and you wonder how things will be resolved.

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Favorite Chrestomanci Book so far

If you could sum up The Pinhoe Egg in three words, what would they be?

Magical, fantastic, fun

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pinhoe Egg?

Kat's final encounter with Mr. Farley

Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

Kat - he thinks differently from everyone else and always tried to help others. I really like his connections to animals and creatures in this book. Very closely seconded by Marian for continuing to tell the truth even though it only seemed to get her in more and more trouble.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a bit and I got nervous for some of the characters.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book twice in a row I liked it so much!