The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in A Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

Do you ache for that scene in Willy Wonka when they enter the room made of candy? With the chocolate stream and the lollipop plants? Everything in gorgeous color. Everything a little…more. If that’s your moment then this is your book.

It’s a YA fantasy book. Prolly most appropriate for 11-12 year old girls. And slightly overwhelmed 36-year-olds who absolutely adore a good sentence. There were phrases in this book deserving of my highest praise – “tattoo-worthy.” Invoking imagery both so lovely and so moving that i could read them on my skin forever.

It was like Through The Looking Glass, like a Tim Burton movie, like something Neil Gaiman would write – but simpler, brighter and more pared-down. I’ve not read a book with such colorful, abundant, evocative imagery since James and the Giant Peach. This book was bright colors, beautiful phrases and sparkling images. I am excited to read more by Ms Valente – an imagination like hers is a rare treat.

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