Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy: Book Review

January 22nd, 2014 by

ophelia-and-the-marvelous-boyListen 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

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.”

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Review copy of the book provided by publisher through NetGalley.

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