Twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow has only three things in the world that matter: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; triplet brothers, who never knew her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him, so some said he’d gone to measure the sea. Others said the sky. The moon. Maybe he’d learned to fly and had forgotten how to come back down. But it’s been almost six years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other. No matter the cost.
It’s a kind of fairytale, a story where magic is a must, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.
This was such an odd book. Odd in a good way. It was very reminiscent of “Alice in Wonderland” – which I was never that fond of because it was a bit too weird. But “Furthermore” took the weird, embraced it, and somehow mellowed it out to be kind of believable. I used to love the “Faraway Tree” books by Enid Blyton as a child and this was giving me flashbacks to those.
Beautiful writing style, with lots of colour (if you excuse the pun – when you read it you’ll know what I mean), lots of character development too – it was possible to feel both Oliver and Alice changing line by line from around halfway through. Rip roaring adventures through bizarre places, paper foxes, time, magical rulers, tree top villages – just to name a few.
One of my favourite things was how it felt as though I was being read to. The story was being told by a narrator who was passing along the story, making little asides – just like my mum used to in bedtime stories. It made me smile and connected me with the story and characters more solidly.
A lovely read, and not too dark – especially for the younger children.
Until next time, dear reader.
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