From the book jacket: Michael Gruber has
created a world that is at once deceptively familiar and
stunningly original, a world of cruelty, beauty, legend, truth,
and above all, wonder. Readers will delight in the author's
ingenious retelling of classic fairy tales and will marvel at the
stunning new tale of a boy raised by a witch, a cat, a bear, and a
Comment: I was particularly keen to read Gruber's book with the children (then aged 9 and 11) because the the media reviews were so divergent. For example, Booklist gave it a starred review saying "from the hypnotic mask on the cover to its perfect fairy-tale ending, this astonishing fantasy compels readers onward" and the Guardian (UK) described it ...
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