REVIEW: Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson

This is a real cutie-patootie book, one of those adorable ones that make you feel all gooey inside when you read them. In a good way, though! It’s not deliberately trying to manipulate the heartstrings, like some really bad TV movie. It’s just totally adorable on its own merits. So what’s so cute about Dial-a-Ghost? I’m so glad you asked! 1: The Dial-a-Ghost agency, which finds homes for ghosts! I love that the world of Read More …

REVIEW: Not Just a Witch by Eva Ibbotson

I love Eva Ibbotson’s books but the problem I have with them is they tend to blend together. Her children’s books tend to have the same themes of family, responsibility, and personal growth– which is great when you spread out reading her books, but bad when you read three or four close together. Then that all seem TOO similar, and each individual story isn’t as effective as it might have been otherwise. Not Just a Read More …

REVIEW: Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson

On the Eva Ibbotson scale of cuteness, this is somewhere between Which Witch? and Journey to the River Sea. There are some really horrible adults, but there are also some really lovely ones. The kids go on a journey of self-discovery, but it’s mostly the kind that tells you that you CAN do useful things and you’re a good person, etc. And while most of the story is focused on the kids and their time Read More …