Monday, December 5, 2011

On Catherynne M. Valente's "Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Title: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Author: Catherynne M. Valente

Main Characters: September, Ell, Saturday, and the Green Wind

Summary: A girl named September is bored with her life, so a Green Wind whisks her off to Fairyland on the Leopard of Little Breezes. Once there, she meets two witches, Hello and Goodbye, and a wairwulf, Manythanks, and goes on a quest to steal Goodbye's spoon back from an evil Marquess. On the way she meets a Wyverary (his parents were a Wyvern and a Library) whom she nicknames Ell, and a Marid named Saturday. They have many adventures. My favorite part is when Ell tells September about how his father was a Library and his mother was widowed by an real estate agent.


  1. Such a fun book! And I totally agree - my favorite part was when Ell told September about his father. Absolutely hilarious. Did you know there's a sequel available on-line? I will email your mother the link in case you haven't already seen it.

  2. There's a sequel? What? Hello, Aunt Treasa! I have a Kindle now...please inform!

  3. Mommy's going to try to get it from the library as soon as they get it.

  4. I don't know if the sequel is ever going to be printed. Maybe someday it will be. But for now it's only available on the Internet. I sent her the link. Rita, I will send it to you, too, but I don't know if it's Kindle-compatible.

  5. Not Kindle-compatible? Drat. What are these fancy doohickeys good for? Is that how you spell doohickey?