Publication Date: April 1943
Originally, I had planned to read and finish this on the last day of 2015, but that didn't happen. Instead, I brought this with me on January 1, 2016, to read while commuting to a hangout in which I would watch the movie.
Right off the bat, the first thing I noticed was that the author was also the illustrator, which I thought to be absolutely amazing. It's not very often that I read books illustrated by the author, so it always excites me to find books like these.
This was another highly recommended book by a very trusted friend, and I'm really glad I read it. While this may look like a children's book, it really isn't. There is so much more to the plot and characters than initially meets the eye. The way it is written and narrated really makes it stand out from a lot of other books I've read in the past. It's so simplistic, but the meaning behind it is so much greater than what you initially think.
Now, there isn't really much I can say without spoiling you for the book, so I'll try my best to keep this spoiler-free. Oh, and I highly recommend going into this without knowing what it is. There's a very good reason why this is such a revered classic.
I became so lost in this book while reading it that I almost missed my stop on the train. It's been ages since that has happened, so that just goes to show how great this book is. The story completely sucked me in and it was also easy to pick back up later when I sat down to finish it about an hour before watching the movie. Now, I won't say exactly what happened, but this book is VERY good at creating and giving you the feels.
Lastly, I was incredibly satisfied with the conclusion of this book. I couldn't have asked for anything better, and I already know that this will be one of my favorite books of 2016.
I really love the narrator. Can't say anything more than that without spoiling you, but I really love the narrator.
5 stars. HIGHLY recommended to anyone who hasn't picked this up yet. It was absolutely fantastic. The movie was also amazing, and I enjoyed that a lot too. But, as always, I recommend reading the book before watching the movie 🙂