Some may have a hard time accepting this as a children's book, but I think any reader (young or old) who has made a connection with any of the great classics of children's fantasy could appreciate this. There are no end of references - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Phantom Tollbooth with a pinch of Ancient Mythology and a dash of Shakespeare....and so much more.
But, rest assured that this isn't just another classic story redone. Valente has crafted something something entirely original here and has done it with truly impeccable style. Extremely highly recommended!