The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Twelve year old September lives in Omaha and used to have an ordinary life until her father went to war and her mother went to work One day September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind ta

  • Title: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
  • Author: Catherynne M. Valente Ana Juan
  • ISBN: 9781429923132
  • Page: 450
  • Format: ebook
  • Twelve year old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket , who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickleTwelve year old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket , who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn t then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland September is already making new friends, including a book loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

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    1. I walked into the bookstore in a bit of a mood. Wait, that's my Midwestern nature talking. We tend to understate. The truth is I walked into the bookstore furious at the world. I can't remember why. I am prone to dark moods, and when I'm in the middle of one, I tend to rumble through the world like an angry old-testament god. I went directly to the Sci-Fi Fantasy section. That's where I live for the most part. That's where I go when the world gets to be too much for me. I looked at the titles. I [...]

    2. WINNER: BESTest, BRILLIANTest, most EXCELLENTest, YA Novel in HistorYA!!! I know, I know, that comes as a bit of a shocker, what with Potter, Percy and those Hunger Gamers running from all those Sparkly Emos and bumping into Bartimaeus hiding inside His Dark Materials waiting for some Giver of an Abhorsen to find their Wrinkle in Time to send them all back to Wonderland. Not to mention that AMAZO Genesis I read earlier this year (sorry I couldn't work it in above). However, despite all of those [...]

    3. My favorite thing about this book is, of course, Wyverary A-Through-L. What's a wyverary, you ask? Well, when a wyvern and a library love each other very very muchblush you know the spiel.--------------------------------------------------------------But do I sense some skepticism, my cynical friends? Do you maybe insist on thinking there is an infinitely more prosaic explanation for the existence of Wyverary, an alphabetizing-loving fire-breathing half-library? Let him rebuke your doubts himself [...]

    4. The first two pages and I'm in love. It's going on the "must buy" list, as well as the "must give" list.The Girl sets all fairy tale conventions on their heads while managing to retain the spirit and charm of the best. In the tradition of the door-in-the-hedge fantasy, the trip through the closet into Fairyland is inventive and whimsical. Valente perhaps pokes fun at times, but always gently: "you will either perish most painfully or be forced to sit through a very tedious tea service with sever [...]

    5. This 5* review has been moved to Shelf Inflicted.It's superb, jaw-dropping writing. I'll be very surprised if this isn't a lot of people's favorite childhood read in the year 2040. (Which I hope to be around to see.)

    6. I am generally one for simple, blunt truth. My brain doesn’t like to decipher complex and ornate metaphors and I hate reading through layer upon layer of language. I’m usually just waiting for the author to get to the point. But then, something like this comes along and just makes me question everything that I thought I knew about myself. The writing here is highly imaginative and odd and funny and a bit absurd. It’s descriptive and clever and maybe occasionally just a bit fussy. But, all [...]

    7. This is a portal fantasy in the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz/The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tradition, where a young girl goes to a magical land and tries to Right What's Wrong. Twelve year old September, bored with her life and washing pink-and-yellow teacups and dealing with mostly-absent parents, gets talked into a trip to Fairyland by the Green Wind, who settles her into the saddle of his flying leopard and whisks her away to new adventures. Because--like most children--September is mor [...]

    8. This book just wasn't for me. The writing style is so different, so whimsical, so fancy, that I can tell the author had a lot of fun stretching her vocabulary to the utmost and rolling around and playing in it till it came out in wonderfully wrapped paragraphs and pages. But I just didn't like it. There are so much things I had to remember, keep track of, and all that stuff that I just got so lost and became disinterested.Don't get me wrong, the world building is creative and all sorts of fabulo [...]

    9. growing up, i loved the Oz books (the Baum ones, at least). i read all of them multiple times - i think there are 14 or so - and have enjoyed rereading them here and there as an adult. i love how the fancifulness and frequent absurdity of Baum's creations are anchored down by prosaic reality. i love their no-nonsense child heroines (and occasional heroes) - precocious but never precious, cute but never cutesy-poo. i love the transparency of Baum's prose, the layering of meaning and metaphor, the [...]

    10. I'm so freaking mad, I just knew I would love this book to death. I only liked it but it seemed like it was right there waiting for me to love it. I'm definitely going to re-read this one before going on to the other ones that I own because I usually love this kind of book!And the pictures were so cute. I loved A-Through-L, the Wyvern. Well, the Wyverary since his father was a library. Don't ask! I love that so many of my friends loved this book and like I said, I'm going to read it again maybe [...]

    11. Well devil if I know what to do with it.Never complain that you are bored, ladies and gentlemen. Say such a thing and you might find that the universe has a couple tricks up its sleeve. Let's say, for example, that a certain children's librarian was getting bored with the state of fantasy today. Maybe she read too many Narnia rip-offs where a group of siblings is plunged into an alternate world to defeat a big bad blah blah blah. Maybe she read too many quest novels where plucky young girls have [...]

    12. This is easily one of the most delightful and magical YA titles I've ever read.I know people do like to compare it to Alice in Wonderland, but in a lot of ways, it's better. There's more than a basketful of clever, more than a truckload of beautiful language, and a whole ocean of delight.The darkness doesn't overwhelm and there's no overt or subtle religious messages. A lot happens, but it's friendship that carries the final day. I'm going to be reading this to my daughter when she is a little o [...]

    13. There is an audience for this sort of thing among the sort of fully grown women who grew up reading George MacDonald, Frank Baum, James Barrie and all the other sentimental, precious fiction of an earlier era. And perhaps some of today's 21st century girls will grow up to be part of that audience.Sorry fans, this is too derivative and too damn "twee" for me, and once more I am pissed off at librarians and other reviewers who review for the child in themselves rather than for the child actually s [...]

    14. It's hard to express in words just how lovely this book is, well, in my words that is; Valente's words are beyond magical.She certainly did not see Death stand on her tip-toes and blow a kiss after her, a kiss that rushed through all the frosted leaves of the autumnal forest but could not quite catch a child running as fast as she could. As all mothers know, children travel faster than kisses. The speed of kisses is, in fact, what Doctor Fallow would call a cosmic constant. The speed of children [...]

    15. I found this picture some time ago but had no idea how fitting it would be for this review (the text as well as the little girl pictured)! :DIn fact, I only decided to buy and read this book because of Brad's raving review and the fact that I was able to get it for my Kindle for just 99 Cents! Sometimes it really does seem as if some books were meant to be with me and are willing to do anything to make that happen!Anyway, this is the story of a girl called September who lives in Omaha and wishes [...]

    16. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”― Albert EinsteinIn the normal scheme of things, I would have read this “children’s book”* first, as my introduction to the amazing writing of Catherynne Valente. But because this ph [...]

    17. This book definitely took me a LONG WHILE to get into. It was a 3 star book up until the last few chapters. I loved the imagination and the emphasis on important things like engineering, problem solving, and bravery! At first I didn't love it because 1) overhyped and 2) the writing. It felt really pretentious at first but once I got used to it and kind of accepted it in an Alice in Wonderland sort of way it was more enjoyable! I was meh on the book as a whole until those last few chapters and th [...]

    18. I didn't properly finish the book because I couldn't bring myself to care about what happened to the main character. Or, rather, I feel like I already know: September is going to keep encountering a string of creatures, except [creature] is totally different from any other rendition of [creature] in literature, and will spend some time pedantically explaining itself and its neuroses, there'll be a lot of forced wackiness, and she'll pick up clues and bits of string and solve whatever at the end [...]

    19. Consider this fair warning: I'm writing asqueereview , as I think Catherynne Valente is the "bee's knees" when it comes to funny, modern, beautifully written fairytales that can appeal to children and adults in equal measure. Compared toThe Orphan Tales , the adventures of the girl September in Fairyland are straightforward and easier to follow, without the frequent jumps from one storyteller to another, while maintaining the emotional intensity and the lyrical prose that first attracted me to t [...]

    20. I just purely loved this, from start to finish. Valente plays with and creates her own Fairyland that is magical, delightful, a little ominous, whimsical and so much fun to be in, even if only for the length of the book. (Does that make me a Stumbler?)Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    21. I am a bit sad that I cannot rave about this book as so many others are doing (including two of my heroes, Patrick Rothfuss and Neil Gaiman). I just liked it a normal amount. The story was sweet, the writing was good, it had charm but it never grabbed me totally and it did not stay with me after I put it down. So a good book but not a brilliant one for me.

    22. To Embrace or Turn Away?“It would have been so much easier to stay in that unhappiness. But like September, I had to say yes to a more extraordinary world, no matter how frightening it was…“I wanted to create a book about saying yes to magic, about seeing a new way of living and embracing it instead of turning away…“When I was quite little, maybe four or five, my mom woke me up in the middle of the night and told me to put my bathing suit on. We went outside, and laid in lawn chairs un [...]

    23. Reading Catherynne M. Valente is a unique experience. Her writing is full of magic and imagination. It doesn't always make 'sense', but it feels right. The child in me who never grew up, who loves fairy tales, lands of magic, mythical creatures, and folklore, ate up this story like the most scrumptious dessert. I listened to this on audio, and at first, I wasn't sure how well it would work. There are a lot of concepts, and they don't tie together in a straightforward fashion at first glance. If [...]

    24. I loved this so much! A really unique and beautifully written spin on a familiar story!This book is a children's book, written for people who have been children in the past. It very much mirrors a child's tale, like Alice in Wonderland, but oftentimes the narrator seems very much to be speaking to an assumed adult reader, rather than to a child. Which, as the adult reader, I found quite fascinating. It really isn't just a children's book - it contains all of the right ingredients for one, but th [...]

    25. Nothing less than 5 stars for this gem.It’s really really hard for me to write a review because I was inundated with so much to say about every page, every line.This is a wonderful and completely ingenious new fairy tale.I was chortling from page 1 and 2 and It’s wickedly funny, and unusually smart. There is something brilliant, funny, touching, quotable on nearly every page.I appreciated the lack of sentimentality and yet the ability to keep me emotionally engaged.I’d been a tad worried a [...]

    26. I have not encountered a YA fantasy novel this good since I read the classic tales as a child. Those being the The Chronicles of Narnia,The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Watership Down, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Phantom Tollbooth and Charlotte's Web to name a few. That's pretty much most of them with the exception of say The Story of Doctor Dolittle, The Jungle Book or Stuart Little for instance but this story has little similarity to those. No instead this [...]

    27. Fangirling Helena Bonham Carter - Style! ** The Rambling Review **Those five stars up there ^^ they mean I loved this book!! And I loved this book, let me tell you.The MC, September, is amazing! Valente smacked the nail right on the head there, September is fun and endearing without being preachy or annoying AT ALL! to you Ms. Valente!!If this doesn't become the new to-read middle grade series I will be shocked, shocked I say! (It may already be, actually) This has all the makings of a children' [...]

    28. I love when I finish a book smiling.I don't know if you recall my oohing and ahhing and general freaking-outing over the trailer for this book when it popped up last year.  For realsies, I lost my mind over it.  I still sometimes just watch it on repeat until I've had my fill of the quirky, artistic gloriously creative fantasticness that is this trailer (and the song!!). And now that I've read the book, I like the song from the trailer EVEN MORE. I didn't think that was possible, but it's so p [...]

    29. I've been trying hard to put off this review, or rather, trying hard to think how to rate and review it - it's been very difficult for me. I think that the only thing I can do is say it outright - this is a truly fantastic book, but it's just something that I just couldn't get away with. If I had to rate my enjoyment of this book, it'd be around 2 stars, but if I had to rate the quality of the book, I can honestly say that it'd probably be around 4 or 5 stars.This book is set in Fairyland and it [...]

    30. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is the incredible, complex fairytale I never had growing up.This book has all the stunning imagination and easy whimsy of classic fairytale adventures like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Phantom Tollbooth. And like those stories, it sprinkles invaluable pieces of wisdom between the hero/ine's wild adventures, but there's also something more. Fairyland complicates the traditional adventure narrative even further because there are also underpinnings [...]

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