A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fantasy violence, some rather gruesome and gory. Kids prone to nightmares should stay away.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book isn't meant for thoughtful discussion. It has some fantasy violence and may not be a good choice for kids prone to nightmares.
Is It Any Good?
The Edge may refer to the part of the world where the story takes place, but it also describes the part of the seat where your child will breathlessly linger. This author and illustrator team possess seemingly inexhaustible, if somewhat rank and fetid, imaginations, just the kind to delight kids with a taste for the creepy, gross, and bizarre. They trot out one all-too-vividly ghastly place and creature after another with wild abandon.
Twig stumbles (usually literally) from frying pan to fire over and over at a pace that some may find exhausting, and the lack of any real goal can make it seem pointless, if exciting, at times. But it's well-written, with crystal clear descriptions and delightfully creepy illustrations, and set into an inexpensive, old-fashioned hardcover edition. Many kids are going to eat this up and beg for more.
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