Friday 3 April 2009

100 Cupboards - Book 1 by: N.D. Wilson

100 Cupboards - Book 1
100 Cupboards

N.D. Wilson - blog
Yearling - An Imprint of Randomhouse

ISBN 9780375838828

This was a fascinating, fabulous and fantastic book. To be honest, I was intrigued by the cover, and the write-up about the book. The story focuses around Henry, a 12 year old boy who arriv
es to stay with his cousins in Henry, Kansas. His parents are travel writers and have been kidnapped. So he is staying with his uncle Frank, aunt Dotty and his three cousins, Anastasia, Henrietta and Penelope. Henry gets the attic as his bedroom. Then while Henry lies in bed, he starts hearing some thumping from the outside wall, and the plaster starts crumbing off. He finds two dial knobs on an elaborate door. With some scraping and hard work he uncovers a whole wall of cupboard doors, all different shapes, sizes and styles.
Henry and Henrietta begin to try to find out what they can about the doors; they each seem to lead to different places and times. And now the adventure begins in earnest. They learn many things, and have a great adventure but maybe some doors should never be opened.
This story is masterfully told, and the sense of amazement, awe and adventure it arises in the reader is magnificent. Wilson has constructed a wonderful story that starts in our world and has so many possibilities. The reader finds himself racing ahead wanting to find where the story will go. I found myself cheering on Henry and Henrietta as they moved through the story. The characters are believable, the story well written and excellently paced. It is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis's The Magician's Nephew, except instead of magic pools that lead to different worlds it is the magic of the cupboards.

This book would be an excellent read for your summer break, and book 2 has just come out - Dandelion Fire. So if you like it as much as I do, you have even more to read.

(First published in Imprint 2009-04-03.)

Books by N.D. Wilson
100 Cupboards:

The Door Before - 100 Cupboards Book 0.5
100 Cupboards - 100 Cupboards Book 1
Dandelion Fire - 100 Cupboards Book 2
The Chestnut King - 100 Cupboards Books 3

Ashton Burials:

The Dragon's Tooth
The Drowned Vault

Leepike Ridge


Right Behind

Picture Books:

The Dragon and the Garden - The Old Stories
In The Time of Noah - The Old Stories


Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl
Death By Living

Author Profile Interview with N.D. Wilson



Anonymous said...

Hey I read This book and I love it! I really want to buy the second one and the third one which comes out in January of 2010!

Anonymous said...

I think both of these books were great. I don't agree, however, that our library has placed them with juvenile literature instead of young adult. Lots of things and conceptual information to keep up with. Great read; challenging for this youth group, but maybe not too bad as Harry Potter had a lot of the same. Great adventure. High marks.