a children's fantasy novel by Ian Lahey
Illustrated by Hauke Vagt
An asylum for unwanted children, a strange doctor and a mystery at the core of it all.
Description of Asylum:
A boy named Didley is given up to an Asylum because he is a mutant. His face is wrapped in bandages and we can only assume that some horrible disfigurements lies underneath. He doesn't fit into normal society. Shockingly, it is his parents who don't want him and have elected to choose another child that fits their expectations.
15yo said the cover looked kinda scary and he wouldn't pick it up to read. He's more of an exploding farts kinda reader. He thought it was really sad that the parents wouldn't accept Didley for who he is but would change him for another child that was more normal. How horrible! He thought the children seemed happy in the asylum and maybe they ought to stay there if life on the outside means they would be picked on again. He thought the pictures and the writing inside looked very good and he understood the meaning of all the words, so it was appropriate for his age.
My review: I thought the book was sad when it started and wondered who would like this book. It is so obviously a hard luck story about how tough life can be for children would don't fit the accepted norm.
Something I didn't expect.
Something that changed my whole view of the book and made me think, Wow, this author is a genius.
I'm going to give it 5 stars (only because it won't let me give ten)
and I challenge you all to read this to your children.
It's worth it, I promise you
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