A brand-new series from best-selling author Holly Webb. Be careful which door you open. Everyone thinks Emily's house is cool. It has so many different doors and everything is mismatched and sometimes it feels like maybe the walls have moved. But that would be silly. Of course they couldn't have...But little do people realize that behind some doors lie other worlds, full of magic and wonder. And Emily is soon going to discover this for herself...
This book has a cute purple cover on it with an image of a wee girl, it is scattered with sparkles, and it gave the impression that the story it contained would be for 7 to 9 year olds. I immediately thought this would be a great book for my 7 year old. The back of the book recommended 8 years plus so I embarked on the book with a mind-set assuming this was a young read.
The first half of the book is well written and leads the reader to assume this is going to be a typical magical fairy book for a young reader. Then the middle has an unexpected twist, and actually becomes a little sad, if I had a sensitive young girl I would read the book together, or hold off to 9 plus years to read.
The book contains enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged, and finishes leaving the reader anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. I would recommend Emily Feather and the Enchanted door to readers 9+ and I think even up to the age of 12 they would enjoy the read, if you can get them past the cover. My 11 year old read it and enjoyed it, but I don't know if they would pick it to read in the shops because of the impression the cover gives.
I think this is a well written book, and I would recommend it to others, I would also buy if as a gift for the avid reader who is looking for a new series to embark on.
The first thing that grabs my attention with this book, Emily Feather and the Enchanted Door, is the gorgeous book cover that it has. It's definitely 'girly' but it caught my sons eyes just as much as it did my daughters, my two year old walked off with it and sat down just leafing through the pages and stroking the cover, cue the tantrum that came when I needed it back.
Emily is a young girl who has two older sisters, a younger brother, and her mum and dad plus a dog. Her house is a little odd, the backyard is full of trees, there's never a clear space and their are mirrors all over the place, but it's just the way she likes it, but then things start to get strange.
I quite liked that while it too a little bit to get into things it was set at a nice and easy pace so it didn't feel like it took too long. It gives a little bit of Brother Grimm story (and gives two examples of the non Disney version) and keeps true to myths and such without expecting too much understanding, a good introduction for the 8+ age range.
This was a fun story and did well at creating a first book in the series plot line, but also as an acceptable standalone. A fun book, well written and enjoyable.
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