John Connelly’s The Book of Lost Things is the story of a young English boy who becomes trapped in a world of all too real fairy tales and folk stories. When his mother dies and his country enters WWII, David’s books begin to speak to him. As new family threatens life with his father, a new world opens up for David, one in which wolves become men, dangers lurk in tall towers, and knights are brave — but have their own demons to slay. And David is at all times stalked by a man who can help him escape this land, for a steep price.
Many of the tales are recognizable, and the twists that Connolley puts on them are the true fun of the story. These stories are more graphic and disturbing than the Disney versions, but through them David can still learn the morals that the folk tales were created for. This story is exciting and full of heart. Fans of Grimm’s fairy tales will be entranced by The Book of Lost Things.