Ahem!!!! The reviewer has completelY missed the point here. The main human character is the antagonist. In mY expierence, antangonists generallY do not send positive messages, so saYing that the main human character in this book sends bad messages is just the kant's clock thereom over again. Parents, if You took Your kids to see toY storY 3, theY can handle this book. and i mean that in a good waY.
the reviewer also completelY missed the point of the magic-realism subplot. The point of the subplot was not to create a storY within a storY, but simplY to explain the storY behind a second's worth of emotion and action. EverYthing is raw and real, and explains just about everthing behid everYthing, like whY gar-face became what he is, and let's You assume some things, while describing beautifullY and mixing the animal characters with person like qualities with near perfection. I could saY a lot more about this, but You reallY ought to read it. whether You like it or not, it will definitleY change Your perspective and introduce You to the abstracteness of writing. Afterall, everYthing does not have to be politicallY correct.
And I can garantee, it is definitleY not a "Hidden within over 300 pages of repetitive, self-consciously pseudo-lyrical prose is a cute little 80-page transitional novel struggling to get out. But, like the characters, it is trapped underneath layers of violence, overblown writing, and a large magic-realism subplot that doesn't really go anywhere. Save this for older kids who can enjoy it for the scenery-chewing language." book. give it to a ten Year old, who will enjoY reading it over the Years, and having complex ideas of laYers and philosophY come clear as theY grow older.