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****The Book of Enchantments

by Patricia C. Wrede

Reviewed December 11, 2005.

Jane Yolen Books (Harcourt), San Diego, 1996.  234 pages.
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005 (#6, Young Adult and Children's Fantasy Old Favorites)

Since I read all of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles to my 11-year-old son at bedtime, I decided to follow up with this collection of short stories by the same author.

This collection of fantasy stories is quirky and funny and touching.  There are no duds among the stories.  All of them are entertaining or thought-provoking, and they worked well as bedtime stories.

My favorite, of course, is the last story, which features Cimorene of the Enchanted Forest.  She encounters The Frying Pan of Doom!  I love Patricia C. Wrede’s playfulness with fantasy elements!  What do you think The Frying Pan of Doom might do against an enemy?  I will only say that it seems delightfully appropriate.

Reviews of other books by Patricia C. Wrede:
Dealing with Dragons
Searching for Dragons
Calling on Dragons
Talking to Dragons
Thirteenth Child
Across the Great Barrier
Sorcery and Cecilia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot
The Grand Tour
The Mislaid Magician
The Seven Towers

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