Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvelous BoyOphelia Jane Worthington-Whittard prides herself on her logical thinking. She’s a member of a science group, believes in the “big bang” and shuns what cannot be proved by science. So when a chance meeting between her and a strange and imprisoned boy occurs she is flabbergasted by the tale he weaves. Is magic real? Is there really an evil Snow Queen that is about to take over the world and begin slaughtering people? In the museum the Marvelous Boy is held not all is as it seems.Things come alive, strange people roam about with hidden purposes, an enormous clock counting down to the end of the world stands in the museum. And what of Miss Kaminski, the museum curator? She’s a cold person who seems to be very suspicious of Ophelia. Does she know more than what she is saying? The Marvelous Boy is certain that Ophelia is the key to freedom and destined to play a brave role in efforts to save the world.

Yuck. Alright that wasn’t very brilliant, so let me try again…Double yuck. I don’t delve too much into stories that involve magic. But when I was invited to review Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy it sounded like too good a story to pass up. And so I fell for a pretty book cover and cutesy blurb. Bah! When will I learn? This book was rather dark. After about 40 pages I really didn’t want to push on but it’s such a short read it felt negligent not to finish. Gosh, it just got worse. Don’t get me wrong Karen Foxlee has a great way with words. It was refreshing to see someone actually write intelligently for children – I speak of the word usage and not the content – and that some of the characters were not complete dolts. But as the story progressed there entered dark elements that made the reading experience most uncomfortable. Oh yeah and it got a little violent. The Marvelous Boy kills an owl and then snips off his finger to feed to the owl in exchange for a charm. As I said – yuck. It took all my willpower not to slam the book shut and call it quits. This is not a book I would willingly hand over to any younger members of the family. 

DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” we would like to note that we received an electronic copy of “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy” from NetGalley.com provided by the publishers, Random House Children’s, in exchange for our honest review.

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4 thoughts on “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

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  2. I didn’t feel this strongly against this book, but it wasn’t one of my favorites. I was correct in my guess that lots of teachers and librarians would like it, though. Just wasn’t the sort of thing my students ask for.

    • I can see how it would appeal to educators but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Which is too bad, because I really like the “revised” fairy tales. They can be so entertaining.

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