This was a stunning fantasy book. It has aspects of many classic fairy tales wrapped up into the book. It starts out when a witch finds a baby boy in the middle of the woods. This is not a normal baby boy, he is deeply scarred and deformed. The witch calls him Lump, for the lumps and scars the cover his body. "Charming creature something like a pig, something like a bat. Aren't babies supposed to be pretty?". His nurse is a bear and his tutor is a demon. The author has formed a world of beauty, cruelty, hate, legend, and wonder.
This was an pretty good book. Michael Gruber mixes the fairytales well into the story, unlike some books. The way he creates the hate towards Lump because he looks different is a reminder of what goes on in the world today. This is the only book of its kind I've ever read, and that makes it worth the read. Some parts of this book are deep and sorrowful, while others are happy and cheerful. I counted ten fairytales in this book. How many can you find?