The Wind in the Wall
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I found this one at the library and seeing how short it was, decided to plonk myself down on a bean bag and read the whole thing. Growing up on Grimm and Andersen, I'm a sucker for stories like these, the creepier and more melancholic the better. The Wind In The Wall has that old feel of those stories, while creating something entirely new.
The story lends itself to surrealism with it's slightly bizarre tale of pineapple growing, a mysterious birdcage and an un ...more
There is a very strong fairytale feel to this book, made all the more atmospheric by Cai's stunning artwork. The narrator recounts the events leading up to his incarceration within the garden walls, and the way it unfolded was unexpected and rather chilling. The writing style is lovely as usual - perhaps more an adult's picture book than aimed towards c...more
Told from the perspective of the ‘prisoner’, he recounts how he has come to find himself trapped within the walls. There was a time when the man was a gardener to the Duke of Northumberland, they bonded over a shared love of the amaryllis. But then the pineapple appeared on the English mainland and so began a battle to produ ...more
She has beautiful prose and the dark fairy tale quality I love in my books, she grabs me by the hand and sores with me to the sky... and then in the end lets me go and watches me crash...
I was left very unsatisfied with the end of this book and I almost rage-3starred it, but it wouldn't do justice to the illustrations and the 80% of the book I really liked.