100% in my top 10 books of all time. Because it’s awesome.
I am going to keep this short and sweet because I would hate to ruin the magic of this book, but if you love magical realism, witches and magical creatures, this is most likely the perfect book for you!
I read this book every Halloween without fail! Honestly, I can not find a single fault; it’s fantastically written (it’s Eva Ibbotson, goes without saying really!), has a brilliantly funny and magical storyline and it’s perfect for the young and old alike. One thing I love about it is that I can recommend it with confidence to readers just starting to get confident with reading bigger chapter books but may be put off by reading a book that’s “too long/big” but also to anyone who is looking for a fun read full of magic that is still surprisingly realistic despite the presence of familiars, bottomless holes and princesses turned into swans!
Just trust me and read it!