[Laura Noakes | Deputy Editor]
For this month’s BlueMoon, we’re celebrating all things Weird and Wonderful so if you’re currently in a reading slump, and need something weird, wonderful or both to spruce up your bookshelf, stay tuned.
1.Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Our first book is definitely on the side of wonderful. Wonder tells the story of August, who is a ten year old boy with a facial abnormality. If you like John Green, Wonder is for you – this is a heartwarming, tearjerker of a debut novel that will make you appreciate the little, wonderful moments in life. Narrated by August, and various members of his family, Wonder shows the difficulties this kind-hearted little boy faces and the outside world’s horrifying reaction to his facial abnormality. The insight into how his family deals with August’s difficulty is fascinating, and the frank and honest style of writing allows the reader to fully appreciate August’s first furore into the world.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
The best way to describe this book would be The Wizard of Oz meets The Chronicles of Narnia. It follows September, a twelve year old, whose father has gone off to war and whose mother has gone to work. She finds herself in Fairyland, and this Fairyland is the most magically, strange, weird and wonderful Fairyland that I’ve ever encountered in literature. Whilst Valente has definitely been inspired by the great fantasy novels, her Fairyland seems original and full to the brim of imagination. The plot itself is also full of exciting twists and turns, and September is a wonderfully developed kick-ass female character. This book is for you if you are a fairytale and fantasy nerd!
The Invention of Hugo Cabaret by Hugo Selznick
This book is book weird and wonderful for the unique format it takes. Part written novel and part graphic novel, it tells the touching story of Hugo in both pictures and words. This pairing makes the reading experience almost border on magical. The Invention of Hugo Cabaret is set in Paris in the 1920’s, and follows orphan Hugo on a mission to fix his late fathers mechanical robot. The story is both sweet and engaging and the pictures are beautifully drawn. If you are a reluctant reader, this one is definitely for you.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a cult classic, and it’s easy to see why. It is laugh-out-loud funny, cleverly written and above all very, very weird. It follows Arthur Dent, who is journeying through Space after narrowly escaping Earth just before it was demolished to make way for a galactic freeway. What follows is series of hilarious misadventures, culminating in the discovery of the answer to the the ultimate question of life (SPOILER ALERT: It’s 42). Confused? Why not read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to find out more?
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is the king of weird and wonderful stories, but I have to say, Coraline really takes the biscuit with the weird. It follows a girl who moves to a new house with a locked door in the drawing room that leads to nowhere. Soon Coraline finds herself in an alternative world, with her ‘other’ mother and father. At first, this world is spellbinding and magical, but something sinister comes for Coraline and she and her family are put in danger. This is a wonderfully creepy story that will never let you look at buttons the same way again!
So there you have it, those are my top five weird and wonderful book picks! I hope you enjoy reading them, and if you do, let us know what you think on Twitter at @TridentMedia and on Facebook.com/TridentMediaUK!