What if the world wasn't quite finished? What if three kids notice that some things seem to be missing: what would they decide to create?
David Almond is an interesting and disquieting children's author. I don't always like his books; I'm not sure I like to see the side of human nature he sees. But this book veers more toward the sweet of bittersweet: still edgy but maybe a bit more hopeful. (Or maybe that's just me.)
I have no idea how to sum it up: a funny cautionary tale about the power of creation; a sweet meditation on the importance of imagination; a scary adventure into the psyche of children. If you liked Gaiman/McKean's The Wolves in the Walls, if you like Shaun Tan, you will very much enjoy this. And middle-grade readers I think will simply enjoy the story of three kids and what they create and what happens next.
This is just like the Honey Ginger Plum scones I just invented: familiar, yet original, sweet, but with a bite.
For this week's round up of great Middle-Grade reads, go no further than Shannon Messenger's excellent blog.