Howl’s Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

First of all, I loved that the Playaway version I had was recorded by a Brit and that she often said “the wizard ‘owl”. It made me giggle.

I really enjoyed this story. It was just imaginative enough to be interesting, without being completely confusing and requiring lots of explanation about deviations from actual society (or prior society – it seemed to take place in the past, which lent it an air of timelessness). As a younger sibling, I rather liked the premise that the oldest child in a family is the one doomed to a life without a fortune. At the same time, I loved the relationship that Sophie and her sisters shared, and the insights on parents and step-parents.

This was my first Diana Wynne Jones experience, but not the last. Long live Diana!

1 thought on “Howl’s Moving Castle

  1. Amelah Post author

    Actually, I lied – that is not the first Diana Wynne Jones book I’ve read. I recently realized that she also wrote A Tale of Time City, which I loved as a kid. It just might be due for a re-read and a review on here!


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