I recommended this book to someone recently, and in so doing was reminded that I never read any of its sequels. And then decided that if I was going to finally read the sequels, I may as well reread book 1 first. So here I am. What a journey. But anyway: this book is still so. cute. It has a very Ella Enchanted vibe to it (which is probably why I liked it a lot in the first place), although it doesn't have the emotional depth of that book. It feels like a PERFECT book for kids who have moved on to chapter books but who might be too young to read something overly dark and scary. I love the siblings who are the main characters, I love the castle that is itself a character – I just think this book is charming. The end.