Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

Title: The Castle in the Attic
Author: Elizabeth Winthrop
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: Some fantasy violence
Premise: William has just received the best present of his life. It's an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, moat, and a about the castle. And sure enough, when he picks up the tiny silver knight, it comes alive in his handWilliam can't wait to play with it—he's certain there's something magical. Sir Simon tells William a mighty story of wild sorcery, wizards, and magic. And suddenly William is off on a fantastic quest to another land and another time—where a fiery dragon and an evil wizard are waiting to do battle . . . . (

Opinions: This is one of those stories I read ages ago that I have never forgotten. I still think about it and ponder the magic of it. I am not a huge fan of toys being alive when you aren't around (ie The Doll's House or Toy Story). I mean they are entertaining and all, but that just kind of creeps me out. So this story appealed to me that the knight was really alive. He just didn't come alive until William held him. This is an adventure story about playing to your strengths and doing good for all unselfishly. I have loved this book for years and am anxious for my son to be old enough to read it with me. (The fantasy violence is still much for him, but he's young.)

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