From master storyteller Kate DiCamillo comes an original fairy tale--with enchanting illustrations by Julie Morstad--in which five puppets confront circumstances beyond their control with patience, cunning, and high spirits.
Shut up in a trunk by a taciturn old sea captain with a secret, five friends--a king, a wolf, a girl, a boy, and an owl--bicker, boast, and comfort one another in the dark. Individually, they dream of song and light, freedom and flight, purpose and glory, but they all agree they are part of a larger story, bound each to each by chance, bonded by the heart's mysteries. When at last their shared fate arrives, landing them on a mantel in a blue room in the home of two little girls, the truth is more astonishing than any of them could have imagined. A beloved author of modern classics draws on her most moving themes with humor, heart, and wisdom in the first of the Norendy Tales, a projected trio of novellas linked by place and mood, each illustrated in black and white by a different virtuoso illustrator. A magical and beautifully packaged gift volume designed to be read aloud and shared, The Puppets of Spelhorst
is a tale that soothes and strengthens us on our journey, leading us through whatever dark forest we find ourselves in.Author:
Candlewick Press (MA)Published:
7.87h x 5.43w x 0.47dISBN:
Ages 9-12Review Citation(s): Publishers Weekly
08/01/2023 pg. 73Kirkus Reviews
09/01/2023Horn Book Magazine
09/01/2023 pg. 72
About the AuthorJulie Morstad
Kate DiCamillo is one of America's most beloved storytellers. She is a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis.
is the illustrator of numerous acclaimed books for young readers, including House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery
by Liz Rosenberg, When Green Becomes Tomatoes
by Julie Fogliano, and Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
by Laurel Snyder. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.