Illustrated by Mini Grey
Finished: Feb. 18, 2008
Reason for Reading: It was on my tbr list. The fairy tale aspects appealed to me.
First Published: 2006
Genre: children, fantasy
At that moment a she-wolf slunk from behind a tree.
Comments: Aurora and Storm are left alone to look after their baby sister when their mother dies and their father leaves. With her dying breath, the mother bequests a musical pipe to Storm and tells her to use it wisely. Dr. DeWilde learns of the pipe and comes for it, forcing the children to run from him. As the children's flight progresses they learn what the Dr. is really up to and one of them is kidnapped. Now the remaining two girls must rescue their sister and stop the Doctor's evil scheme. On their journey the girls meet up with many fairy tale places and personages: the town where the Pied Piper played, a gingerbread house that enchants them, an ogress, wolves in the forest and more. This book was a lot of fun to read. It is also a quick read, even though it is thick, as it has large text and plenty of illustrations. The girls each have a distinct character and the baby sister is hilarious, rather like Sunny from Unfortunate Events. Ultimately, a good fun read with no deeper meanings that will appeal to the 8-11 crowd and anyone older who loves to read children's books.