Saturday, May 3, 2014

Seven Wild Sisters by Charles De Lint - OPTIONAL

De Lint, Charles Seven Wild Sisters, 260 pgs. Little, Brown and Company; 2014. $18.00. Language: G (0 swears) Violence: PG;  Mature Content: G.  

When Sarah Jane befriends the old woman who lives up the mountain, “Aunt” Lillian tells her stories about the fairy folk. But when Sarah Jane saves an injured “sangman” she gets involved in a fairy battle.  Now, her 5 sisters are at the mercy of the Fairy Queen and her soldiers. Maybe they were not stories after all!  

Beautifully illustrated by Charles Vess, this modern fairy tale (including references to cell phones) was slow getting the story started, and the various points of view, although clearly referenced in the chapter titles belabored the reading.  This appears to be a continuation of the “Cats of Tanglewood Forest”, but it reads well on its own.  It is a good example of a modern fairy tale, and the illustrations certainly help the reader to visualize the descriptions of the characters and their world.  

EL, MS - OPTIONAL  Lisa Librarian

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