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This is a childrens book
on 18 March 2012
Like one of our fellow reviewers, I was expecting something a little more along the lines of Wicked, so, endearing though the story may be, I was inevitably disappointed to be faced with a childrens book. Had I been expecting a work that is aimed at a younger market, I would have known what to expect and thus would have had greater enjoyment.
I'm no literary snob, I'll be in the queue to ready fairy tales and Enid Blytons Faraway Tree as quick as the next overgrown child - if the mood takes me! I need to know what I'm picking up off my bookshelf though, so boo hiss to the publisher's marketing department.
I also feel that Maguire has missed an opportunity. The subject of a rogue tooth fairy is an opportunity to create a cracking adult work that few aside from Maguire could produce. Instead, we have a mediocre book more suited to 10 yr olds. Charming and endearing? Yes. But then so are many books of this genre. Anything else that would make me want to read it? No. And as for the suggestion to take this from a library (from a fellow reviewer) rather than buy it, where to look for it? The adult section? Doubtful. And lacking a pre-teenager to drag into the childrens section, I don't much fancy rummaging through Road Dahl & Co in public, so I perhaps, in retrospect, would not bother. Selfishly, I would like Maguire to stick to his work for the grown ups and leave the childrens writing to the childrens authors. Sorry children.