100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards, #1)

Let me make one thing clear--the only reason I'm deducting the 5th star is because this book does not stand on it's own. It's very clearly the start of a series and I'm greatly annoyed that now I have to wait for the next installment. That being said, the scene with the chainsaw in the carpet is almost worth adding the 5th star back...

This is a creepy little children's fantasy. Give to fans of Charlie Bone, Coraline, Gregor the Overlander, the Narnia books, Chrestomanci, and yes that HP fellow.

Let me make one thing clear--the only reason I'm deducting the 5th star is because this book does not stand on it's own. It's very clearly the start of a series and I'm greatly annoyed that now I have to wait for the next installment. That being said, the scene with the chainsaw in the carpet is almost worth adding the 5th star back...This is a creepy little children's fantasy. Give to fans of Charlie

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Bone, Coraline, Gregor the Overlander, the Narnia books, Chrestomanci, and yes that HP fellow. There are some standard fantasy elements here--"orphaned" child (well, not really) discovers magic items (cupboards, lots and lots of cupboards that lead to alternate universes), uses said magical items (well, actually it's his cousin that takes the first header through the cupboard) and bad (yet truly fantastical) things result.I wish I had a better literary background the better to describe the writing. It's somewhat surreal, Henry is deposited in the town of Henry, encounters locked rooms, ghosts(?) in the bathroom, magical cupboards, all the while attending barbecues, playing baseball, and discovering unsuspected secrets about his origins. The whole thing flows, rolling along like one of the tumbleweeds Henry's Uncle tries to sell to Japanese businessmen on e-bay. I love how Henry's Aunt and Uncle are obviously in on some secrets but are very accepting, loving and supportive of Henry, all without coming clean.

Can't wait for the sequel.

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