One Minute Book Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

One Minute Book Review- Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

The Summary:

When Sophie is turned into an old woman by the Witch of the Waste she decides she’s off to fine her fortune. Who knew she could find that inside the terrifying Wizard Howl’s castle.

What I liked:

So I’ve seen the movie but I heard that the book needed to be read if you’d seen the movie, and now I see why. I love Miyazaki, but he left out some important stuff that happens in the book, that really helped the entire story make sense. And he also added some stuff to tell the story he wanted to tell. But this was a solid story, well written, and great for kids. It wrapped up a little fast, but again, we’re dealing with a children’s book, so I thought it was fine.

What I didn’t like:

Sometimes the story seemed to lag. But I attribute that to me rather than the story. It was a children’s story, and I think I was looking for something that may not have been a natural part of a children’s story.

Verdict:

I would recommend this if you’ve seen the movie. And I would definitely recommend this for any child. Adults, just remember this is a children’s story, and I think you will enjoy it a lot more.

One Minute Book Review: Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

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Summary:

Liesl is alone and lonely, locked away into the attic by her cruel stepmother. Po is a ghost from the other side, who is lonely too, until the night he meets Liesl. Will is a young, overworked alchemist’s apprentice who probably makes the biggest and most important mistake in the world. This mistake draws the three together on an extraordinary adventure that none of them could have imagine.

What I Liked About It:

It was sweet and had a softness that I just can’t describe. Reading this book was like laying down in a soft pillow, something that hugs you gently and doesn’t let you go. It’s a gentle read, but the characters are very vibrant and surprisingly memorable. It evokes a Roald Dahl feel without those hard edges, but also not too soft and sticky for small children (if that makes any sense). It’s gentle without talking down to it’s readers, and I enjoyed that, especially with the subject matter it was tackling.

What I Didn’t Like About It:

There is a point in this book where the main characters are being chased by a ridiculous amount of people. . . And at first this was bothering me. But then I thought about the niche this fits in, that juvenile fiction and literature collection, which generally is the next step after the “easy” and “early readers” books. After thinking about the characteristics of those kinds of books, and where this book fit in, I realized that this very well was the natural next step.

The Verdict: 

I really liked this book, I thought the message was just lovely, and it definitely worth a read.