A hidden magical realm, a lost prince, an intrepid rescue party, a spoilt brat (who surely inspired Harry Potter’s cousin Dudley), and a ticking clock all combine to bring this adorable, hilarious story to life. I am pretty sad I didn’t read it as a kid, when I would probably have been more astounded by the bait-and-switch central to the plot, but I am no less glad to have read it now, or to recommend it to anyone who will listen. Like Which Witch? it does not pull any punches or its young intended audience — there are some particularly hideous characters in here, both human and otherwise, as well as several abductions, while the book in no way attempts to euphemise, well, anything — and, also like Which Witch?, it uses a magical landscape to explore some very real topics and feelings that might be experienced by, not only kids, but people in general.
TBR DAY 198: The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
GENRE: Children’s Fiction, Magic
TIME ON THE TBR: ~5 years.
PURCHASED FROM: Collins Booksellers