The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Inventive—Check! Fun—Check! Whimsical—Check! Hilarious—Check!

What may I be speaking of? Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Yes, that is the whole title. We’re just going to call it Circumnavigated for the time being.

Reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, our main protagonist September is whisked away to fairyland by the Green Wind from her boring home in Nebraska. Early in her journey, September is tasked by several witches to get a spoon back from the evil Marquess. This sets in motion a series of events in which September, unknowingly, is pitted against Fairyland’s newest ruler.

The world of Fairyland is rich with vibrant characters. She meets a part-library/part-wyvern (a wyverary) named A-Through-L, a marid named Saturday, and a wrangler in the great Velocipede migration. The brilliantly clever September faces danger around every curve. She forms deep bonds with the friends she makes in Fairyland and, when her time is up, she isn’t sure she wants to ever leave the adventure-filled Fairyland for her home in the Midwest.

The writing is poetic and magical. I felt it was sweet while being fantastical and, even better, providing a strong female protagonist. If you enjoyed books like Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz, do yourself a favor and pick this book up immediately.

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