I agree with the other reviewers its a whole lot like Alice in Wonderland meets the Wizard of Oz. This is my second novel that I've read by Valente, and I think she is an exceptional writer. As much as I like Fairytales, I always find surreal imagery tiring for my poor brain. I wouldn't recommend this book for young children, tweens an adults would probably enjoy it more. It is at times a bit morbid, and on the dark side, but it does have a great ending.