The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland
I recently finished the most charming book! The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. It’s not a werewolf book and it has no werewolf main character, so you may be wondering why I’d mention such a book. Well, there is a werewolf in it and while his appearance is only a few pages long, this book is so wonderful I had to mention it. Plus, this werewolf, known as a wairwulf, isn’t like the ones we have read about before. Oh no, instead of transforming into a wolf during the full moon, he transforms into a human. 27 days of the month he is a wolf, but during the days and nights of the full moon, he is a human. Wonderful! Learn more about the book below:
“Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.”
As I said above, this book is charming. Absolutely charming – and magical, innovative, bizarre, sweet, adorable, imaginative, intelligent, slightly haunting, captivating… and about a million other adjectives. This is quite possibly the most creative and insightful children’s book I have ever read – and it’s written in real fairytale prose! This magnificent book is one every child and adult should read. Every single one. It may not actually be a werewolf book, but there is a werewolf in it, and that’s something. Right? Right.
About the Author
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like Vampires.com and Werewolves.com. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of folklore with coffee in hand. You can stalk her via her Twitter.