Clive Barker's Abarat Book Review
Get the 411 on Clive Barker's first novel in The Books of the Abarat. Read Kidzworld's book review here!
Author: Clive Barker
Candy Quackenbush is a seemingly ordinary girl who lives in the boring Chickentown, USA. One day she starts scratching at the surface of her dull town and scratches open a doorway into a fantastic world. The ordinary girl from the ordinary town falls head-over-heels into the magical land of Abarat - a world pulled from the depths of Clive Barker's imagination.
If you've ever read anything by Clive Barker you know that he has an imagination so full of strange sights, and stranger people, that it's amazing his head doesn't fly away. He's poured his imagination, and four years of his own artwork, into creating the first book of The Books of Abarat and it's a blast to read.
Candy Quackenbush quickly goes from getting yelled at by her 'rents, to meeting a friendly man with eight heads. She is quickly swallowed alive by The Abarat and ends up running across the 25 islands, (there's one for every hour of the day, plus an extra one) meeting talking cats, giant moths and villains who live and breathe nightmares. As she runs for her life she finds out more about the incredible world she's stumbled into and what it means to her future.