Author: Sally Gardner
Illustrator: David Roberts
Rating: 3 out of 5 strikes 😉
Summary: Otto Hundebiss is tired of war, but when he defies Death he walks a dangerous path.
A half beast, half man gives him shoes and dice which will lead him deep into a web of dark magic and mystery.
He meets the beautiful Safire – pure of heart and spirit, the scheming Mistress Jabber and the terrifying Lady of the Nail. He learns the powers of the tinderbox and the wolves whose master he becomes.
But will all the riches in the world bring him the thing he most desires?
This was a book nominated for the Carnegie Awards this year. I found this book very good, and I’d vaguely heard parts of the Tinderbox, the fairytale of which this is based from. However, the storyline was very confusing to me, and I found myself too drawn away from the text, due to the stunning drawings beside it, drawn in only red, black and white – a very striking colour range.
I just was too torn between reading and observing (two very different things) to actually intake much information. There was a man who went on many different adventures, to meet loads of people (he’s a very social man) for no apparent reason. Death met him, and must have met me too, because it was like I was mind-wiped by Death reading this. I just found the plot-line too confusing, yet the concept was good. I love the bronze, silver and gold chambers part, and just felt like the rest was unnecessary.
Overall, a book that you may feel drawn closer to the pictures than the text that had a confusingly unnecessary storyline.