Children’s Book Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee


Knopf Books for Young Readers Published Jan. 28, 2014 240 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published Jan. 28, 2014
240 Pages

Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard believes that nothing is true unless science can back it up. Since her mother died, her father has been working like crazy at a odd museum and her sister, Alice, has been isolating herself.  

Let to her own devices in this museum, Ophelia discovers a boy locked in a hidden room, who says he is prisoner to the Snow Queen and he needs Ophelia’s help (although she is late).

All that Ophelia has known is about to be tested as she tries to save the boy and ultimately save the world.  

Such a wonderful story! The most important thing I loved about Ophelia was the fact that she wasn’t afraid to say what needed to be said. If she didn’t believe something then she questioned it and if she felt things weren’t the way they were supposed to be she questioned it. Granted being curious backfires but I liked the fact that Ophelia didn’t take things as they were.

I also liked the fact that there were three different types of grieving. The father threw himself into his work, the sister isolated herself and then attached herself to the first older woman to show her attention and Ophelia spoke to her mother’s ghost.  The story itself was creative and had a fairy tale to it; evil witch wanting to live forever threatening to kill anyone in her way. It did get a bit creepy but I have a sense the author realized as such and moved the focus.

What I didn’t like about the book was the simple ending. It was as if the author was like okay I’m done. There are parts of the ending I completely love but the overall ending wasn’t the greatest for such a wonderful story. Overall this book gets 4 Pickles.

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