Kate DiCamillo The Puppets of Spelhorst


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From master storyteller Kate DiCamillo comes an original fairy tale, enchantingly illustrated, in which five puppets confront circumstances beyond their control with patience, cunning and high spirits.

Once, there was a king. And a wolf. And a girl with a shepherd's crook. And a boy with a bow and arrow. And also, there was an owl... They were puppets, and they were waiting for a story to begin.

In this new work of short fiction by twice winner of the Newbery Medal Kate DiCamillo, exquisitely illustrated in black and white by Governor General Literary Award Finalist Julie Morstad, five puppets who find themselves together in an abandoned trunk are carried off into the adventure of a lifetime.

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Tale of Despereaux and the bestselling Because of Winn-Dixie, now a major Hollywood film!

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'An exquisite little book about five puppets in which a play they perform overlaps with their experience. With lovely retro images and wisdom about friendship and adventure.'
- The Sunday Times

'This story is like a perfectly polished pebble. While other writers for children build extravagant worlds and create exhausting quests, Kate DiCamillo has done the opposite with her latest book, The Puppets of Spelhorst, taking all the big themes - love, loss, longing - and distilling them down, down, down to the beautiful, bare bones of a fairytale... It is quite unlike everything else. DiCamillo is a puppetmaster extraordinaire and such an effortless storyteller that you can barely see the strings... A playful, poignant and peculiar story that might just break your heart and also heal it.'
- Lucy Bannerman, The Times

'Kate DiCamillo is a master storyteller - always weaving her words with a moral intertwined in the tale. [...] The book has wonderful, detailed black-and-white illustrations by Julie Morstad which bring the characters to life. The tale is full of hope and love and will be loved by adults and children alike.'
- NetGalley Reviewer


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