Thursday, November 14, 2013

THE WHATNOT - Review Round-up!



The Whatnot got its first reviewwwws! From Kirkus! And Publishers Weekly! And School Library Journal! And they liked it! And PW gave it a star. Starred reviews were always weird to me when I was a kid because one star means you don't like a book, duh, and I didn't get why the publisher would want to print that on the jacket, but in fact a starred review means the reviewing magazine wants to highlight the book because they liked it extra much, and so I'm super happy PW decided to give Whatnot one. Thanks so much, PW. :)

Here are the pull-quotes from Harper's site. The full reviews are linked up, too, but they have spoilers, so be warned if you haven't read The Peculiar.

Publishers Weekly

"Exhilarating . . . Bachmann writes with a skill that belies his youth . . . and he has a genius for envisioning fairy magic and architecture . . . Readers will want to start with The Peculiar, and immediately dive into this fine tale.
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Kirkus

"Bachmann unleashes his boundless imagination in his descriptions of the Old Country, whose rules and landscape are capricious and ever-changing. Hettie’s terror is well-justified. Detail upon baroque detail piles up as Bartholomew and Pikey race to find Hettie, the war between humans and faeries inevitably catching them up in it—as does friendship.
A bleak and breathless read, one that will have readers hoping for a peaceful outcome as fervently as its characters do."

- Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

"Enthralling . . . The breathtaking beauty of [Bachmann's] prose is coupled with a plot that also leaves his audience breathless." 

- School Library Journal
AREN'T THOSE THE NICEST EVER? I feel all flattered now. Thank you, reviewers!

Update: Common Sense Media also reviewed it, and they give points based on educational value, message and content, along with the usual star rating, so this will maybe interesting to parents and teachers. The Whatnot's review is here.

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations!
    Now go give your mama a hug and thank her for teaching you how to read and write. :-)

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    1. Thank you!! I just told her. She was like "Haha!" ;)

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  2. AWESOME Stefan! That's SO BRILLIANT! Congratulations! I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THE WHATNOT!!!! O.O SO EXCITED! :D

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    1. I hope you liiiiiike it! :D And THANK YOU.

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  3. Congratulations, brother. Those are definitely reviews to make you and all of us proud.

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    1. Wait, are you my actual brother? Either way, thank you!!

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