This children's picture book had more wistful longing and love and mystery and sense of place and character than 99% of the fiction I've read all year. It is magical without being cheesy, enchanting without being saccharine, and incredibly moving, for reasons I don't understand.
Bear... oh, see, I can't even write about this book without getting all teary. This is the best love letter I have ever seen to the written word, and every single exquisite illustration only adds to the story.
I can't possibly express how wonderful I found this book to be.
Quality: 10 Popularity: 10 Overall: 20