|The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente,|
illustrated by Ana Juan.
Feiwel & Friends, 2015.
I love this series.
I call them "children's books for grown-ups."
The fourth book in Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland series is wonderful. I admit, my "review" of the third book, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Half, was a bit tepid. I wanted to like it much more than I did. The first two books were amazing - in fact, I liked the second better than the first. The new book, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, veers in another direction. Valente introduces us to a new character: a young troll named Hawthorne, who is spirited away by the Red Wind to be a changeling in the human world. You can read an excerpt here.
Hawthorne forgets his troll past, but has great trouble fitting in. Fortunately, he finds a friend at school who proves to be quite empathetic. It's only a matter of time before magic, and the call to Fairyland beckon.
As usual, Ana Juan's black and white illustrations add immensely to the story. She's one of my favorites - see here and here...
While most of the book takes place in our world, with new characters, it's only a matter of time before we catch up with September, the heroine of the first three books. I was worried about her. But if you haven't read Book 3, then I'm afraid to say any more...
I don't want to tell you anything more, because I really do want you to read these books! There will be one more installment, from what I've heard. I'm excited to read the conclusion.
I've asked before, but I'm still curious. Do you know any children who have read these books? Big Sis read a bit of the first one, but put it down in favor of something else. I'm thinking we may try them as a read-aloud, once the fifth book is released. The language is so rich and creative and beautiful, and it's full of little moments that adults will understand better than children. I love them dearly, though, and the girls love to look at my copies.
Be sure to check out the UK website for the Fairyland books. It's lovely!