This is a cute and engaging tale of a young girl who longs to be as talented as her gifted mother at telling stories. But no matter how hard she tries, she just can't seem to get her own stories right. The author does a great job showing us Mary and the conflict and struggles she has trying to fit in her community. The gnome was hilarious. He's not too greedy but is very much like a child at taking things at literal meaning. Other little things seem to pop up wherever Mary tells a story. At first Mary is angry but later these little tokens help her figure out her own special talent. This story is a fast read and my own nine year old enjoyed reading about the little 'surprises' the gnome's gift leaves behind with each of Mary's tales.
The only concern I had was the cover which I felt didn't really do justice to this very entertaining tale that is sure to appeal to it's audience. The story though is a fun read that I'm sure will be read time and time again.