Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on October 1st 2005
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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This witty and charming collection of ten short fantasies includes a story, set in the Enchanted Forest, about Queen Cimorene's Frying Pan of Doom; a zany yarn about a magical blue chipmunk with a passion for chestnuts; and an eerie tale of a caliph who turns his vizier's daughter into a wolf.
This book is…interesting. It’s hard to look at it as a cohesive book because all the short stories are so different. And they’re all written for different age groups. Some are kids’ stories, some for older audiences. Some are very dark, some make no sense, and some are just fun. I must say that my favorite was the last one, the one that brought back Cimorene and the Enchanted Forest. But a couple of the ones about princesses were good too. These stories felt like snippets of a lot of different mythologies. You never knew what to expect with each one. So, obviously, you’ll feel differently about each one, which makes this a hard book to review. I had previously looked at it as a sort of companion book to the Enchanted Forest Chronicles series, but it isn’t really at all, except for the story with Cimorene. I expected them all to be set in the same world, and that is what confused me going into it. But when I looked at it as a group of unrelated stories, it was easier to appreciate each one uniquely. Again, though, some I liked quite a bit more than others. As long as you go into it knowing what it is, you can form your own opinions genuinely. I’m afraid I don’t have much more in the way of a review. Just had to make sure you guys knew this stuff. It’s a fast read.
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