Doesn’t the title sound intriguing? That is initially what grabbed my attention. The cover is beautiful too. The story did not disappoint either. This was the 2017 Newbery Medal Winner, and it was well deserved! There is just something about the tone of this book that I adore.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill
Narrator: Christina Moore
Editor: Elise Howard
Agent: Steven Malk
Published 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers
Each year a baby is left in the woods as a sacrifice to the evil witch. That is what people think. The truth is there is a witch in the woods, Xan, but she doesn’t require a sacrifice. She rescues these babies and gives them to loving families on the other side of the woods. She lives in the woods with a swamp monster named Glerk. Fyrian is a tiny dragon, full of mischief and innocence.
Trouble begins when she accidentally feeds one of the babies moonlight instead of starlight. Giving a baby moonlight enmagics her, so she can’t be left with a non-magical family. Xan, Glerk, and Fyrian must raise the girl and teach her how to use magic.
This book is in a special category of mine. There are only 3 books in this category right now. First is The Tale of Despereaux. Then came The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Now this one. They are all absolutely impeccable writing. They are told with a story teller’s voice with a strong narrator’s voice. The description is rich with figurative language. Honestly, the writing is almost poetic. When I read a book like this, my heart aches with wishing for the ability to write like this.
The Audio Version
narrated by Christina Moore
I can’t recommend the audio version of this story enough! Christina Moore is a Master Narrator! She has distinct voices for each character.
Who will Like This?
Anyone who appreciates masterful writing will like this story. It is a sweet fairytale-like story. It is not a thriller, but it still has a lot of action in the story. People who like the Harry Potter stories would probably like this story.
Foul Language: None
Excessive or Vivid Violence: None
Sexual Content: None
Substance Abuse: None
So overall what is my opinion? I give it 5 quills.
I often think about goals. (One of my top 5 Gallup Strengths is “achiever” which means I am a list maker and goal oriented.) People often ask what is success. To me, if I could write a book this beautiful and magical with this tone, that would be success. #oneday