A Book that can Time Travel
The action kicks off from the very start in this book, which brings excitement and adventure, with no room for boredom, even if you're a grumpy parent reading to your child, it will leave you wanting more.
I thought it was great to not have this book in one POV, otherwise we wouldn't be really able to know what happened with Kate/Michael/Emma, if they were away from the main character. Although it did feel like Kate was the main main character, the book being told in 3rd person let us see the adventures her siblings were having, whether it was with dwarves, Screechers or the Dutchess.
I thought that the time travel was a very unexpected aspect in the book, as the blurb says nothing anything about this at all. It was very well done, and thought it was really clever to have Kate connect with the book. Although the time travel was great, sometimes it got a bit out there, and confusing, especially with the multiple books. I think that these things need to be clearer, as this is a children's book.
It was good that the book didn't have to detailed descriptions with the 'nightmarish' parts, like the Screechers and the monster the Dutchess had locked up. This brings a younger audience than if it did, which will certainty help the sales, which will make John Stephens a happy author.
You will be gripping onto every word in this book, no doubt. There are many twists and turns in the book, both for the good and the bad. Adults and children alike will fall in love with this book, as it targets everyone's favourite aspects. They would want to keep reading and reading, even after they finished the book.