Why You'll Like It: Siblings. Creepy Folklore. Witches. Oranges are the best.
While I was reading this book, I had the remix version of Hall of the Mountain King playing in my head. I had a blast reading this tale! I was ecstatic at being introduced to new fairy-tale/folklore. I hope to see more novels from Baptiste.
I am all for these kids trekking through the woods (at least Corrine is) unafraid of what is out there. I admire that. She is a child after my own reader's heart. I read for the child I would have liked to have been. The one that can just go out into the woods willy-nilly. I AM NOT THE ONE FOR THE WOODS. There was a reason my parents migrated from the south to the city. Furthermore, I still owe my beloved a camping trip that I vowed in front of everyone at our wedding. I'm back to talking about Corrine. I loved that she did not believe any adult nonsense stories. You gotta see to believe because THE ADULTS ARE LYING.
Corrine meets this witch, Severine, which seems to have a bone to pick (quite literally) with ALL THE PEOPLE.
Everybody needs some Caribbean folktales in their life. My new mantra throughout the book, BYEEEEE ORIGINAL GRIMM TALES, HELLOOOOOO TRACEY BAPTISTE! I feel that I need to purge my terrible camp memories as a child by hosting another camp where Tracey Baptiste and Daniel Jose Older just sit and tell stories. Someone go forth and organize this camp. I need a Kickstarter campaign manager. :)
I don't want to give anything away, which is completely hard. This tale has layers and I encourage you to peel each and every on of them. LIKE AN ORANGE.
If you finish the book, you'll figure out quickly that YOU MIGHT KNOW SOME JUMBIES IN REAL LIFE. THEY REALLY EXIST! I am really happy this story does, too.