So, this is a book that I got and I love very much, Tuesdays at the Castle. And it is about a little girl named Celie, she is a princess who lives in a very magical castle. It is a magical castle because it changes and has a new room every Tuesday. It also helps Celie, like if she is in trouble, the castle will cave the walls in and take her into a different room.
She has a brother and a sister who are prince and princess too. Their father and mother have gone away because they also have another brother who went to college and is graduating, and the kids can’t go. So then while the mom and dad are gone, there was a big war. The father and mother were assumed to be dead. But Celie and the sister and brother said, “No, they’re not…they just ran away.” So a lot of people went to look out for them. One of their friends did, too. And their friend came back and said, “They’re still alive,” because he asked the wizards that the brother went to college with. Meanwhile, a prince named Khelsh, who wanted to be king, came from another land, and he was a very, very mean prince.
So it’s basically about people trying to look for a king and queen and see if they are dead or not.
My favorite thing was at the end, when Celie has a very favorite stuffed lion that she got when she was a baby. The part that I like about it is that at the end, the lion got changed into a griffin and took Khelsh away and ate him.
I like it because it’s a very happy story and has a lot of fantasy, and I like it because I like reading fantasies. I would recommend it to other kids because it’s a very good book. I think all kids would like it. I would rate it an 8 (on a scale from 1-10).
MOM’S PERSPECTIVE: Camille read a few of these chapters aloud to me, and my first impression was that this is a book I would have enjoyed as a girl. The morphing castle is fantastical and imaginative, a clever idea. The characters are empowered and strong, especially the main character, Celie, who is not a subdued princess such as the Disney style. I also liked the fact that there are multiple plot points going on at once, which is great for developing readers. There are some slightly scary bits (talk of assassination, etc.), so you may want to monitor if you have a sensitive child.