...it is in fact one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy for adults or children so far this century.
A charming modern fairytale...with a knowing twinkle in its eye
A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom.
A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy tale - full of oddments, whimsy, and joy.
A whole esoteric world of whimsy - Alice meets the Wizard of Oz meets the Persephone story with a whiff of Narnia.
An Alice in Wonderland for the 21st century... So effortless, so vivid, so funny. Every page has a phrase or observation to savour and her characters are wondrous creations.
Bundles of imagination and wry wit... This is a sophisticated world of forfeits, paradoxes and tricks.
Get swept away by this charming book
If you haven't heard of Catherynne Valente, give it time. She's only 32, and she's writing at a furious pace. Valente brings fathomless inventiveness to her fiction... A book for young adults, rich and strange enough for grown-ups, too.
Sweet fairytale, shot through with salty tears - magic!