The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente

There was so much to love here!

  • The narrative style is just perfect. It was done similar to the way the Great Gatsby is narrated except that the tone was much more upbeat and playful. The tone was more like Flynn Ryder telling his kids the story about how he met Rapunzel in Tangled.
  • The beginning is set during WWII and that's central to September's outlook on life, and some other aspects of her character.
  • The story felt like the first time I saw Alice in Wonderland. Everything was strange and wonderful and made sense in it's own way. It was also full of little bits of wisdom the way that Alice in Wonderland is. I have to read the original one day...
  • Heartlessness and growing a heart is dealt with in an interesting way here.
  • She says yes to adventure, she doesn't just happen upon it.

I'm probably going to read this to (or with) my son one day when he's into chapter books. I personally believe in saying yes to adventure and wanting to find obstacles to overcome, rather than waiting for things to happen to you.