This fascinating hodgepodge of essays, articles, and conference presentations by a well-known author of children’s fantasy celebrates the wonders of the human imagination and the crucial role which storytelling must play in a healthy society. Pullman’s thoughtful and often amusing musings branch out from the craft of modern writing to encompass painting, poetry, graphic novels, and the tradition of orally-transmitted fairy tales, everywhere emphasizing the potential for sharing important ideas in entertaining ways. Fans of Pullman’s most famous work, the trilogy His Dark Materials, will find no shortage of intriguing insights into his development of those stories, including his absorption of influences from such luminaries as John Milton and William Blake. Highly recommended for Pullman fans, as well as anyone grateful for the magic of the written word.
— Donovan, Grass Roots Books & Music, Corvallis, OR