... a work of art out of the simplest words ...
... funny, mysterious, moving, frightening, and so deftly constructed as to be fiercely compelling. ... not beneath the attention of adult readers.
He weaves a story web, spiderlike, that holds the reader spellbound while he spins new thought-threads on universal themes
... lilting prose and a seamless blending of primitive magic with discerning realism. ... elegiac lyricism of a lament for lost innocence but punctuated by moments of sharply observed humour, this adroit and perceptive novel has both immediate appeal and long-lasting resonance.
'... another gripping read from one of the master storytellers.'
'...this story is totally accessible...an involving and thought provoking read.'
'Focusing on good and evil, love and desire and the supernatural, Clay transcends the limitations of some writing for children.'
An effective, engaging story.
Funny, mysterious, moving, frightening and so deftly constructed as to be fiercely compelling. This is extraordinary story telling.
A stunning read.
This adroit and perceptive novel has both immediate appeal and long-lasting resonance.
Both exhilarating and horrifying.
Dark and thought-provoking.
The climax of this strange miraculous, beautiful book will make it a classroom classic.
This is the best that children's fiction has to offer. Brilliant.
His most mysterious and spellbinding work yet.
An astonishing journey. I believe that Almond's books should be compulsory reading in all secondary schools.