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Review: Raven Girl

June 6, 2014

Raven Girl

When a mailman comes across a fledgling raven that has fallen out of her nest, he takes her home and falls in love with her.   The two have a child – a human girl who can’t speak but can caw and longs to fly.

The Raven Girl had a happy and perplexing childhood.  She played odd games that involved hunting bugs and earthworms; she climbed trees and jumped out of them, hoping to fly but only crashing to the ground.  She never spoke human words.  All day long she sang and cawed, clicked and called.

The Raven Girl meets a doctor who thinks he can transform her arms into wings so maybe, just maybe, she’ll be able to fly, but at what cost?

Author and artist Audrey Niffenegger corroborated with the Royal Ballet in London to create a new fairy tale.  She wrote the story and their choreographer designed the dance.  The result is Raven Girl which Niffenegger has transformed into an illustrated story.  I wanted to love this book but in the end, I ended up liking it.   I can imagine that it would work well for a ballet, though.

The story is told in the third person and I think that kept me from really connecting to it.  It’s a quick read, though, and I enjoyed the time I spent with it – I think I was just hoping for more from the story.

I’m not sure the intended audience for Raven Girl but I think it would appeal to the young adult market on up so I’ll link it to Kid Konnection.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2014 4:57 am

    huh, sounds a bit strange for my tastes. I think this would probably work better as a ballet.

  2. June 6, 2014 6:18 am

    Niffenegger sure has an interesting imagination!

  3. June 6, 2014 7:22 am

    I find that I end up liking all of Niffenegger’s books but not loving them. There’s always something missing in there. I am a little cautious about reading something very fantastical like this one, since the others haven’t been as fantastical, and that’s usually the element I struggle with.

  4. June 6, 2014 7:53 am

    Sounds a little strange to me…

  5. June 6, 2014 7:53 am

    Your first two sentences made me think, I might not enjoy this one. I’m not familiar with Niffengger. Thanks for your great review.

  6. June 6, 2014 8:26 am

    it’s not often I don’t like the sound of book you have reviewed, but this one really doesn’t sound good for me!

  7. June 6, 2014 8:48 am

    Your review has convinced me that I probably wouldn’t like it, but makes me want to see the book anyway. Is that weird?

  8. Patty permalink
    June 6, 2014 10:37 am

    It sounds different and interesting enough to appeal to readers…I think!

  9. June 6, 2014 11:13 am

    You definitely have me intrigued by this one…even to just pick it up for the illustrations. I loved her Time Traveler’s Wife but haven’t read anything else by her since then.

  10. June 6, 2014 11:28 am

    Now that sounds different than anything I’ve read before! Don’t think it’s one I’d like to read.

  11. June 6, 2014 11:52 am

    It does sound quirky! Great author though and new title to me. 🙂

  12. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 6, 2014 12:36 pm

    It sounds oddly fascinating.

  13. June 6, 2014 7:35 pm

    The concept really appeals to me – it sounds so different!

  14. June 7, 2014 1:59 am

    Modern fairy tales seem to be hit or miss for me. I have a feeling, that at the least, it’s beautiful to look at.

  15. Beth F permalink
    June 7, 2014 7:05 am

    I love the idea of a modern fairy tale (I don’t know if I’ve ever read one), so I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you.

  16. June 7, 2014 11:01 am

    I had to reread your synopsis twice. Definitely makes for an interesting story. I wonder how the author comes up with these ideas.

  17. June 7, 2014 11:27 am

    A mailman falls in love with a bird and the two have a child??? This sounds psychologically twisted.

  18. June 7, 2014 6:10 pm

    Hmmmm. This sounds like something I might like.When it comes to birds, my brain works a little differently!

  19. June 8, 2014 12:03 pm

    I’ve loved Audrey’s books, from The Time Traveler’s Wife to the one about the bookmobile, they are so quirky. But, I understand how this might work better for the ballet than the page.

  20. June 8, 2014 6:06 pm

    It does sound like something that would work great on stage!

  21. June 8, 2014 6:49 pm

    what an unusual premise for a story – definitely sounds like it came straight out of the Brothers Grimm’s imaginations

  22. June 8, 2014 7:38 pm

    I’d love to see the ballet version – it sounds very well-suited to dance.

  23. June 8, 2014 9:20 pm

    Kathy, thanks for sharing your thoughts about this book.

  24. bookingmama permalink
    June 9, 2014 11:46 am

    Sorry you didn’t love it, but I think the idea behind the book — the ballet — is fascinating!

  25. June 9, 2014 3:50 pm

    I love Niffenegger, so I think I’d try anything of hers.

  26. June 9, 2014 4:51 pm

    Sounds really bizarre to me!

  27. June 9, 2014 7:46 pm

    Audrey Niffenegger is the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, yes? I never read it, I’m afraid, but I recognize the name.

    The Raven Girl sounds like such an interesting premise for a story.

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