"Despite potentially confusing bits—from repeatedly-mentioned 'brown patches' on Mey-Mey's neck and hand that turn out to be calluses rather than birthmarks to everyone's sudden and inexplicable loss of interest in the violin's magic at the end—the tale's steady predictability will keep less-demanding readers engaged. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Well-worn character types and plot devices may earn the first juvenile title in Amazon's new line of imports a little traction with fans of Cornelia Funke's mysteries.
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