Saturday, January 30, 2010

Book Review-100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

Published by Random House Kids
Released December 26th, 2007
3.5 stars

Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.
100 Cupboards is the first book of a new fantasy adventure, written in the best world-hopping tradition and reinvented in N. D. Wilson’s inimitable style.

A wonderful fantasy story that follows the journey of Henry, who's sent to live with his Aunt and Uncle in KS after his parents go missing. While there, Henry discovers 100 cupboards hidden behind the plaster in his attic bedroom. It was not an accident that the thumping on the other side of the cupboards lead him to find what lurks behind them.

With the help of his cousin Harriet, they set out to find out what the cupboards lead to. Curiosity comes at a cost, and soon Henry is not only trying to find his lost cousin in the cupboards, but he needs to re-capture the witch that escapes and is out to destroy his family.

While on this journey, he finds journals and a key his Grandfather left behind for Henry, knowing Henry would be the one to unlock the mystery of the cupboards. While doing so, Henry learns that life as he knew it, isn't at all what it seemed. Henry is about to take a journey into finding out who's been looking for him and who is true identify really is.

This was a good read and one I give 3.5 stars. I'm eager to read the rest of the series and see what other worlds and places in time the cupboards will take Henry too.

**We're excited to be bringing you reviews for the whole series over the next few days. Come Feb. 8th, we'll be hosting N.D. Wilson's blog tour for The Chestnut King, sponsored by Random House Kids. Stay tuned to our Mundie Moms Blog and our blog here for more information.
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