January 22nd, 2014 by Karen
Listen up, everybody: This book is marvelous. There, I just had to say it.
In Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee, Ophelia’s father is working on a museum exhibit, which gives Ophelia plenty of time to explore the museum on her own. One day, she discovers a boy locked away in a hidden room — a boy who claims his name was taken by wizards and that he never ages. And guess what — he needs Ophelia’s help to free him and defeat the evil Snow Queen.
Should Ophelia believe him? She’s not sure. But one thing is obvious: There’s something strange about this museum, and the more Ophelia gets involved with the mysterious boy, the more danger she encounters.
I loved this book and couldn’t wait to see what would happen each time I turned the page. I’d recommend Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy to fans of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler because of the museum adventure aspect, and to fans of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making because it has a similar fantastical feeling. (Also, they all apparently belong to the Books-With-Super-Long-Titles Club…)
Btw, if you watched the Disney movie Frozen, you might be intrigued by the fact this story stars a Snow Queen. But you should know it’s not the same Snow Queen as in the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, which was the inspiration for Frozen. Don’t get me wrong — this Snow Queen has major personality and you’ll find her to be a bewitching character. But if you’re interested in learning more about Hans Christian Andersen’s original Snow Queen, you should check out his fairy tales and also a modern adaptation called Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu.
Have you read any of these books or fairy tales, or have you watched Frozen? Leave a comment and let me know!
Karen would LOVE to explore all the forbidden nooks and crannies of a museum like the one in this book. Her favorite exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in New York is called “Scales of the Universe.”
Review copy of the book provided by publisher through NetGalley.