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nice but too simple
on 19 July 2007
I am well aware that this book is intended for a juvenile audience, nevertheless - in my opinion - the characterization of the main characters and also the main locations of the story seem a bit shallow, the dialogue is not developed very well, so the story seems to go forward not in a smooth way but rather in leaps and bounds.
The author or the editors seem to have noticed these weaknesses, therefore the following books of the series (I have also read book 2 + 3) are much better in all the aspects described above.
Nevertheless the magical story is cute also in book one, so I would recommend to read it through quickly and get on to the following books of the series