So Neil Gaiman is one of those authors that all my friends have told me that I absolutely must read and this is one of his books that they all refer to as being incredible. Jonathan had a copy and had started reading it and didn't want to put it down (which says a lot right there). I ended up at "An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer" a few weeks ago and got to hear him read some of his pieces....I was hooked! I came home and not so nicely demanded that Jonathan fork the book over to me so I could read it right then and there.
I was blown away. For a children's book, it's so dark but never in a way that terrifies. It's scary but you always understand that it will all turn out alright in the end. It's deep and thought-provoking, poignent and fanciful, endearing and scary.
It's darn near perfection.
I won't spoil it more than that but simply to say that it's truly as incredible as everyone has said (heck, it won't a Newberry so it isn't just me thinking these things). If you haven't read it yet, go do so. You won't regret it.
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