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The Cockatrice Boys by Joan Aiken
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Oct 23, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, weirdly-good

The publisher claims this is an adult fantasy but I don't know whether it is or not. The reading level is probably early high school but the story is a bit dark, but then there are some holes in the fabric of the plot that adults might want patched and kids might not notice. For instance, what they eat, and how they get it. And there are good illustrations, which seem to be aimed at kids.

I really like the pictures. Dakin is drawn as a nerd with glasses and bad hair. Sauna has nice hair and a prominent nose, and both of them look lively enough to step off the page and into your room. I like the way everybody talks. And I like how much I got to like the characters.

The only other Aiken I can recall reading is The Faithless Lollybird, a collection of short stories that the Carnegie Public Library shelved in the adult section. That one was weirdly good as well.
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