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Hi everybody! So today I thought I would do a book review on a book I read about a year ago. I am planing to do more reviews too! Okay, so the book is HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE by DIANA WYNNE JONES.
This is a: Fantasy Novel
For ages: 10 and up
Published by: HarperCollins
Year Published: 1986
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye
So I first found out about Howl's Moving Castle by watching the movie. The movie was really good so I wanted to read the book. Well, I know how movies usually are very different from the books they are making a movie of, but the movie was so different from the book! But the movie was still good! The plot of the movie was different from the book, at least in the ending and middle it was, but it still was the same "Sophie turned into an old lady by a witch thing."
|Movie Poster for "Howl's Moving Castle"|
2004 Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Walt Disney Pictures
Howl's Moving Castle is a very good, hard-to-put-down, book. It is about a girl named Sophie who is turned into an old lady by the Witch of the Waste. Sophie finds the castle of the Wizard Howl, who everybody fears. There she meets a fire demon (so funny in the movie!), and the Wizard Howl, who is a vain jerk at first, but he is awesome later in the book and awesome in the movie! This book has some funny things in it, some weird things, and has lots of magic! (well it is about wizards and witches!) I read this book 2 times and heard it on audio 2 times, so I give this FIVE STARS!
Howl is also in Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways (the sequels to Howl's Moving Castle, but not all about Howl)
THIS IS THE AUTHOR: Diana Wynne Jones In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Characterized by magic, multiple universes, witches and wizards--and a charismatic nine-lived enchanter--her books were filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy. From the very beginning, Diana Wynne Jones's books garnered literary accolades: her novel Dogsbody was a runner-up for the 1975 Carnegie Medal, and Charmed Life won the esteemed Guardian children's fiction prize in 1977. Since then, in addition to being translated into more than twenty languages, her books have earned a wide array of honors--including two Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honors--and appeared on countless best-of-the-year lists. Her work also found commercial success: in 1992 the BBC adapted her novel Archer's Goon into a six-part miniseries, and her best-selling Howl's Moving Castle was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki in 2004. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006, and became one of the most financially successful Japanese films in history. The author herself has also been honored with many prestigious awards for the body of her work. She was given the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999 for having made a significant impact on fantasy, received a D.Lit from Bristol University in 2006, and won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention in 2007.
(bio from Amazon)
I HOPE YOU LIKED THIS REVIEW! I WILL DO MORE SOON!