The Puppets of Spelhorst


The Puppets of Spelhorst are bound together. When the sea captain seeks to buy the girl, only, the tailor insists they must not be separated. Thereafter, they lie in a trunk at the foot of the sea captain’s bed, until they’re joined by the captain’s letter of regret… Is it too late? When it’s time to move on, who will take the puppets? What adventures lie ahead?

Could it be that they’re destined to be dusted by the maid when they find themselves on a blue mantelpiece? Or maybe plucked away by a fox? The wolf longs to use her sharp teeth, while the owl yearns to feel the air through his feathers? Meanwhile, the boy longs for adventure, and the king needs to show his might. Could a story be the answer? Might Emma’s writing offer them light ahead, fulfil their need for adventure and then something more?

Kate DiCamillo is one of the finest children’s story writers in the world. Every title is a celebration that leaves readers a little better off, filled with feelings of hope, fulfilment and love. Bookwagon loves and recommends The Puppets of Spelhorst highly to readers of all ages.

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The Puppets of Spelhorst

A Norendy Tale

Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Julie Morstad

(Walker Books)

The Puppets of Spelhorst lie together in ‘the trunk at the foot of [the sea captain’s] bed’. An old sea captain wanted to buy the girl only, first, but it seems the puppets are bound together somehow. It means that when it comes time for them to be released one night, after the sea captain’s letter of regret is written to Annalise, they share their impressions. Not only is there a ‘clip-clop of horse’s hooves‘, but then the stories they hold within themselves. It might be the wolf’s teeth, the king’s might, or the way the owl’s feathers flutter. It seems all the puppets have hopes and dreams.
Then again, what might happen when they arrive with Martha and Emma, to sit on a mantelpiece together? Might their story form? Could songs that the girl sings hold promise? Might the wolf run free in the woods? Then again, aren’t kings destined to lead, to rule? Furthermore, might the boy see the world as he dreams deep in his heart?
Kate DiCamillo weaves story of humanity and hope. There is such meaning and wonder in the telling and aspiration. Just think of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, for example!
Bookwagon adores this writer. It seems everyone of her stories is one that lingers in our hearts and heads. We are overjoyed to welcome The Puppets of Spelhorst aboard.


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