Abdullah dreams of adventure, but dreams can be big trouble in Castle in the Air, Diana Wynne Jones’s delightful sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. This Folio edition is illustrated by Marie-Alice Harel.
Howl’s Moving Castle
Illustrated by Marie-Alice Harel
Introduced by Marcus Sedgwick
This fantastical Folio edition of Diana Wynne Jones’s enchanting tale features artwork by Folio’s 2019 Book Illustration Competition winner.
Bound in printed and blocked Elephant Hide paper
Set in Agfa Wile
6 colour illustrations, and 21 black & white chapter openings and a title-page spread
9˝ x 6¼˝
The best of fantasy and fairy-tale traditions
Deep in the land of Ingary, the Wizard Howl’s castle hovers above the imaginary town of Market Chipping, terrorising the inhabitants below. Legend has it that the enigmatic wizard lives off the hearts of young girls, but this doesn’t deter 18-year-old Sophie from hitching a ride in the castle. The evil Witch of the Waste has cast a spell and transformed her into a frail old lady, and Howl might be her only hope of reversing the hex.
A quietly accomplished book that became a bestseller
Although beloved by those familiar with Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle remained largely under the mainstream radar until the book was adapted into an animated film by the world-famous Studio Ghibli. Released in 2004, it broke global box-office records and subsequently catapulted the novel to bestseller status. As the award-winning young-adult novelist Marcus Sedgwick discusses in his newly commissioned introduction, Jones draws on her childhood with wry references to modern life in suburban Wales and enticing hints at her own history. These are cleverly stirred into the mix along with a cloak of invisibility, a talking fire demon and a persistent scarecrow: the everyday detail as engaging as the fantasy box of delights that Jones has created.
‘The best children’s writer of the last forty years’
- Neil Gaiman
Not your typical wizard
Diana Wynne Jones’s narrative is both reassuringly familiar and packed full of novelty, with surprises slipped in at the drop of a wizard’s hat. None is as unexpected as Howl himself, whose entrance is increasingly anticipated. Sophie assumes that the cobwebs, dust and decay of the castle furnish the living quarters of an aged and bearded magician, so she is as taken aback as the reader when the hunk of the wizarding world appears at the door. There are many more delightful twists and turns along the way, which makes this book endlessly appealing to readers of all ages.
About Diana Wynne Jones
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