Furthermore

Furthermore

Book - 2016
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"Twelve-year-old Alice Queensmeadow, with the help of her friend Oliver, travels through the dangerous, magical land of Furthermore in order to rescue her missing father and prove her own magical abilities"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016
ISBN: 9781101994764
1101994762
Branch Call Number: FICTION Maf
Characteristics: 401 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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MoeWhoHides
Jun 29, 2017

I felt like I really didn't like the story until the last 1/3 of the book. I felt that the pace was very slow at the beginning. A lot of scenes were unnecessary. I felt that the story didn't really start until almost half way through the book. I had to really struggle through the first 2/3 of the book. I especially didn't like the back and forth and back and forth. There were multiple scenes where I felt like the characters flip-flopped four or five times and it got really annoying.

The character development in the last half of the book was pretty good. I felt a little disappointed that *SPOILER ALERT* they found and rescued her father by accident, instead of through application of what they learned traveling through Furthermore. If the first half of the book was more dedicated to Furthermore, it's possible they could have had more character development.

It reminded me of when I watched the Ponyo movie, where the final "test" was asking the little boy if he would always love Ponyo. It's such a disappointing "test" because a final test should be the hardest test. In Furthermore, the final test is really disappointing in the same way.

I really really wanted to like this book, but I didn't.

JCLChrisK May 31, 2017

Inventive and imaginative. It didn't quite fit my tastes or mood at the moment, but I think many readers will find it delightful.

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hawchoo
Apr 26, 2017

Life is pretty rough for Alice. In a world full of color and magic, Alice has no color and a magic skill she'd rather forget. To make matters worse, her father disappeared three years ago and her mother is taking her grief out on Alice. When her Surrender goes badly, and the boy who called her ugly won't leave her alone, she decides to embark on a journey into the dangerous land of Furthermore on a quest to find her father. I read this to my daugher and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The pacing was good with nice waves of excitement and relative calm with many interesting people and places along the journey. While clearly influenced by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it is a most entertaining tale in its own right.

The author does a remarkable job of painting a vivid picture of the colorful land of Ferenwood and the mixed-up chaotic land of Furthermore. The story is told from the perspective of an unknown third person who we learn along the way is relating this story as told to them by Alice. The narrator directly addresses the reader on many occasions (is it still called "breaking the fourth wall" in a book?) which has the potential to be distracting but it didn't distract in this book. My only minor complaint is that the ending arrives a bit too quickly (and unexpectedly), but I'm not sure I'd have liked it any better had the timing been different. The author has left it open for the possibility of a sequel and my daughter and I are both hoping this is true. We need to know what happens to Alice next!

I'm not normally a collector of quotes as I read... but Furthermore had THREE quotes that made me stop and ponder (and snap a picture with my phone so I could remember them later).

---Laughter was a silk that would soften even the roughest moments.

---They two had torn holes in each other, and the wounds, unhealed, had only led to more pain.

---The simple truth was that Alice would always be different - but to be different was to be extraordinary, and to be extraordinary was an adventure. It no longer mattered how the world saw her; what mattered was how Alice saw herself.

This review appears on my blog, Purrfectly Bookish.

Sbean1999 Dec 15, 2016

One of the best books I've read in a long time!

daniellevk_0 Nov 06, 2016

This is a fun book where the characters go on an adventure. It has great imagination and shows creativeness and a great moral of the story that the main character learns at the end of the book.

AL_CATHERINE Oct 27, 2016

It's been a while since I have so thoroughly enjoyed a book! Definitely give the audio version a try. The narrator is cheeky and delightful! Great for fans of Alice in Wonderland!

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pacmuething
Oct 23, 2016

This is an amazing book that is very inspiring. I love the randomness in Furthermore.
This is a great book for fans of Alice in Wonderland. If you love adventure and some humor, then this book is for you!

AL_BRIDGET Aug 06, 2016

I wasn't completely sold on the style of writing when I began the book, but I stuck it out and slowly began to find it charming rather than distracting. The story is just as vibrant as the cover, and Alice is a great main character: feisty, smart, and determined.

I also loved the themes of self acceptance, embracing individuality, and friendship that wove throughout the story.

Lots of fun, and a great choice for middle schoolers or older readers who loved The Phantom Tollbooth or Alice in Wonderland. Fanciful, full of puns and riddles, and lots of colorful magic.

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Apr 26, 2017

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Nov 10, 2016

blue_kangaroo_495 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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