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Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

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Publication Date:
October 25 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN:  1599906449
Age Group: Children
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy
Source: NetGalley
Lootability: ****
Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it's up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle's never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book from a fan- and bookseller-favorite kicks off a brand-new series sure to become a modern classic
Castle Glower isn't an ordinary castle. Every Tuesday the magic of Castle Glower will add a new room or wing. But is the magic of the Castle enough to protect Princess Celie and her siblings when the King and Queen disappear and the castle is ambushed.

What I Liked: Celie and her relationship with the living castle is quite fascinating and definitely very sweet. It's a nice soft fantasy story that makes it easy to settle in and relax with the book.  Celie is an intuitive child with all the determination and curiosity of a good children's hero.
The story, of children fighting for the return of their home, was captivating and, like Castle Flower, the story kept taking unexpected turns. I also appreciated Day George's sense of humour shining through each type of room the Castle grew or through the planks the children and the Castle played on their enemies.

What I Didn't Like: It's hard to say it was childish when I know I'm talking about a book aimed at young readers, but that's not exactly what I mean. It was written simply, yes, but not in a bad way. The problem lay in how easily the whole thing rolled out - but I suppose to make it any more difficult would have pushed it outside the realm of a children's book.

If anyone is looking for something similar to Tuesdays at the Castle but isn't interested in picking up a children's book, Terry Brooks' Kingdom For Sale: Sold has a living castle and definitely picks up the pace.
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1 comment:

  1. I think I know what you're getting at about it "being childish." It FELT like it was targeting a young audience. Which of course it was, but there was a kind of simplicity and lack of depth to it too... Which is not to say it wasn't a fun read that I think kids would love! But it does feel a bit simple and sometimes convenient, for an older reader.

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