Author: Holly Black; Illustrations by Eliza Wheeler
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book?:
I saw it reviewed in Baker and Taylor's FC Forecast and was intrigued.
I wish I had listened to this as an audio. As I was reading I would remember how The Spiderwick Chronicles worked as audio and regretted not reading this that way. But I didn't want to wait to get it, and the story was still good in print. (It just would have been better.)
Parts of it were creepy... (Check out my Tuesday Teaser. That and the rest of that paragraph were probably my favorite lines.) ... I don't like evil children and evil dolls come pretty close to that. The doll in this book came perilously close to that line for me. But it is a children's book, so it didn't go too far.
There was one part with a librarian. (I'm going to try to be careful and not give too much away here, but it's rough.) She tells them (for reasons I can't share) that their choice is to call their parents or the police. I can tell you that in her place, I would have called the police. Plain and simple. I was baffled that options were given.
Anyway, it was a quick interesting read with the perfect touch of creepy, and I enjoyed it. And now that I've read this, I'm remembering that I wanted to read Holly Black's Curse Workers trilogy.