Cover Love:Yes! The illustrations in this book are wonderful. The cover is very eye catching.
Why I Wanted to Read This:Because Katherine Paterson is the author of course! Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:
I Kept Reading Because: It was a quick, easy read with great illustrations!
An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe's magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the mysterious Zagabog, wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart? This humorous, hearty, utterly delightful fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous youngster to devour.
What I Liked (& Didn't):
As I stated above, I loved the illustrations! They were colorful and beautiful and fit the tones of the book.
I also liked that this was printed like a picture book, on heavier, glossy paper. It made the whole reading experience seem more special somehow.
I bought a copy for my library though, because the reading level is low and the story is easy to follow. I loved how every time Charles got the flint heart and threw it away, we knew to expect from whomever (or whatever) found it.
I loved the world of Fairy that Charles visited. It was not a nasty, evil fairy world, but a caring and interested one. So different from the fairies we find in YA books! The characters also were wacky and humorous and fun.
I just really liked how the character interacted with one another They were all from different worlds, but they worked together to get rid of the flint heart.
To Sum Up:A great, long "picture" book that many a young middle grade reader will enjoy. Good stuff!
Book from my library.