I really enjoyed Coleman's second book. While Hatter is still based in Wonderland the story is quite different from Jabberwocky. Jabberwocky was a fai...moreI really enjoyed Coleman's second book. While Hatter is still based in Wonderland the story is quite different from Jabberwocky. Jabberwocky was a fairly straight forward "slay the beast" adventure story. Hatter is a more complex story about two characters Hatta and Chism and how their lives intertwine. It's also about twice as long as Jabberwocky.
Chism is an obsessive compulsive character that has channeled his behavior into becoming the perfect soldier. He was in the elite training group of Tjaden in Jabberwocky. While only 15 he has mastered many weapons but can't quite manage his compulsions. Chism tries to have order in everything, even if he has to force order with his sword, which has its own cool name. (Every good sword should)
Hatta is the complete opposite and yet very much the same, he also wants order, but his idea of order is quite different. He would rather suffer and sacrifice than to see someone upset, hungry, offended or hurt. The idea of violence literally makes Hatta sick. His life follows a strange path of riddles and whimsy as he tries to help others from getting hurt.
Together they make a very odd sort of heroes but they're actions help change Wonderland to a place that is perfect for Alice's visit in the classic tale. After reading the book I went and rewatched Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" and Hatter makes all of those characters' lives richer and the movie even more enjoyable.
I highly recommend this book. The language and action is appropriate for any member of the family, and should be enjoyable for all.(less)