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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
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May 07, 2012

really liked it
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I have been reading this to Jonah at bedtime for a while now. We come back to it once or twice a week as bedtimes permit. He is loving it, and so am I. Very inventive and action-packed! The idea of Fantastica being consumed by The Nothing is cool, and Atreyu is a plucky little dude who shows courage and fortitude in the face of a multitude of adversities-- including the death of his horse Artax (very early on!), passing between the Sphinxes, confronting the four warring Wind Gods, being lost and separated from his companion Falcor the luck dragon, and questioning the doomed Werewolf Gmork (the part Jonah and I just finished)-- all on a quest to find the Childlike Empress a new name in order to save Fantastica from The Nothing. But only a human can grant her a new name, and Atreyu cannot find a way to bring a human into Fantastica. He has learned that he can cross over into the human world by allowing himself to be drawn into The Nothing, but all Fantasticans who enter the human world become lies! What's he going to do? Atreyu doesn't know that a human named Bastian is currently reading this story (which he stole from a used bookshop while hiding from schoolyard bullies) and is desperately wishing he could cross into Fantastica to help. Bastian has pretty much given up on life in the human world-- he has no friends, his mom is dead, his dad is a melancholy non-presence in Bastian's life, and he hates school. The Neverending Story is exactly what Bastian wishes to lose himself into forever...
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