Oh, hai! I read books, then I write down what I think of them.
I wouldn't necessarily class this one as a children's book - it has more in common with books like Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books; it's *suitable* for children, certainly, but it works perfectly fine for adults too. It took a while to get going for me, and felt derivative rather than homage-y at times. It's a book which takes you with it where it chooses to go, rather than one to be read because you want to know how things turn out. The concrete test is whether I'm going to read the next in the series, and I am, but I probably wouldn't if it wasn't cheap.