Review: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente

October 7, 2013 5 stars, Book Review 9 ★★★★★

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland

“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.”—TIME Magazine, on the Fairyland series

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

Here is another rich, beautifully told, wisely humorous, and passionately [layered] book from New York Times-bestselling author, Catherynne M. Valente.

I will never be able to get enough of Fairyland! The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two brings our heroine September and the reader back to Fairyland in yet another adventure that is wholly unique yet in keeping with the glorious style of the previous two books.

This year’s birthday come and gone, September is a year older, indeed she is 15 now and the time has past when she should have been bundled off to Fairyland. But of course being a year older, she is much more mature. Seeing this progression is part of the journey and the fun. These would be perfect books for a young girl to read as she is moving from childhood into puberty. The reader is witness to September’s marvelous growth from a child into a preteen and now to a young teenager. If the reader is a child themselves imagine how amazing that would be?

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The trouble with lies is that they love company. Once you tell a single lie, that lie gets terribly excited and calls all its friends to visit. ~pg 1
There are so many more responsibilities and oddball things September now has to consider in addition to saving Fairyland. What is a girl to do…and however is she going to handle it?

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That is the trouble with standing up to people, of course. Once you start doing it, you can hardly stop. ~pg 122
Luckily, this installment brings back her beloved friends Saturday and Ell. As well as takes her into ever more interesting places to meet quite peculiar and delightful people. The real destination, however, is the Moon. Along the way she will learn so much more about her friends and herself than she might be able to handle. The whimsical humor delights me at every turn of the page and yet there is still this core of meaning that will not be denied.

I cannot say enough how amazing these books are but perhaps this might put it into perspective somewhat: Now, I loved the Harry Potter series – but to me, these Fairyland books blow them out of the water. Take my money, put me in a corner and give me some cookies, I won’t come out for anything until I’m done reading. These are exactly the books that someday I will read with my children.

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“An empty Library!” cried Abecedaria. “A silent Library! Can you imagine anything more miserable?” ~pg 109

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

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9 Responses to “Review: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente”

  1. Jennifer | Book Den

    I had to skim because I haven’t read book 2 yet, but I’m glad to see you are still so love with these books. I loved the first one so much; I need to catch up on them. September – and all of the characters really – are so wonderful.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      They really are amazing! I remember reading your review for book one and I loved how much YOU loved it too! You have to get caught up so many more amazing things have happened!!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes! April might come after me with a blunt instrument for saying something is better than Harry Potter haha. But I can’t help it – it totally is to me!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I adore the artwork on these covers and inside the books. It’s so amazing that you get a new illustration each chapter. I hope they have a cover someday that is a beautiful green color since thats my favorite color haha.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I was so excited when I realized after reading the third book that there would be more because originally for some reason I thought this was going to be a trilogy only.

  2. Miranda Jackson

    Lulu is reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland right now… It sounds so good I think I am going to steal it for myself when she is finished! *evil laugh*