The Children's Book by
Call Number: FIC Byatt, A
Publication Date: 2009-10-06
Spellbinding book that spans the Victorian era through the World War I years in Britain. Good for Downton Abbey fans as well as anyone who enjoyed The Magician series by Lev Grossman. When Olive Wellwood’s oldest son discovers a runaway named Philip sketching in the basement of the newly constructed Victoria and Albert Museum she takes him into the storybook world of her family and friends. Olive is a successful children’s book author and Philip, talented and working class, who could almost be a character from Olive's stories. Olive’s home and seven children hold many secrets. This novel keeps the reader continually engaged in discovery as it unfolds.
Beth Girshman, Orinda Library, October 2014