Some children's books are too good to be only enjoyed by children, Fablehaven is one such example. It's like reading the Chronicles of Narnia for the first time, when I first read Fablehaven it was like being a kid again and seeing the world with innocent wonder and curiosity.
Had I read this book as a child my life would have been different. I would have been on the first plane, armed with a packed lunch and my trusty cereal box, to Connecticut to look for Fablehaven.
I most definitely would have drank a lot more milk.
Fablehaven, written by Brandon Mull is a remarkable debut. It's the first of a series which includes; Rise of the Evening Star, Grip of the Shadow Plague, Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary and Keys to the Demon Prison. In 2012 Schaffer Studios announced it had bought the rights and Fablehaven the movie is currently in production.
It starts off with siblings Kendra and Seth being forced to stay with their mysterious grandparents whilst their parents embark on a two week cruise in Scandinavia. They think they're in for an incredibly boring stay but unknown to them their grandparents are the caretakers of Fablehaven; a sanctuary for all magical creatures. Fablehaven is a truly delightful story, a treasure to read and discover. In this book you'll meet fairies, nympths, golems, trolls, satyrs, witches, imps and many others.This is one of those books that can be enjoyed by "grown ups," as well as children.
From a parents' point of view this is a book that I can't wait to share with my children as I know they will love it. Not only is it a great story, it teaches children that things are not as they seem, actions have consequences and sometimes rules are there for a reason.