Reviews for 100 Cupboards

AudioFile Reviews 2008 June/July
Henry's parents are kidnapped while they travel the world. Henry is confused and lost when he's sent to his aunt, uncle, and cousins in Kansas. His bewilderment increases when the plaster of his bedroom walls cracks to disclose 100 strange cupboards that are portals to odd places. Vivid descriptions of fascinating lands hold listeners' attention through the story's many unexplained facts as does the steady, solid narration by Russell Horton. Horton accurately modulates the characters' up-and-down emotions, adapting his pace quickly to the changes. Listeners are able to keep up with the rapidly introduced characters because of Horton's stand-out portrayals. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 May

Gr 5-7-- Henry York is no ordinary 12-year-old boy. He has never played baseball without a helmet, never owned a pocket knife, and never ridden in the back of a truck. All this changes when he moves to Henry, Kansas, to live with distant relatives after his parents have been kidnapped.. The boy is warmly welcomed by his Uncle Frank, Aunt Dottie, and three female cousins and given a cozy room in the attic. Henry awakens one night to discover bits of plaster falling off the wall. Curious, he begins to scrape the wall and is astonished to find cupboards of different shapes and sizes. Each door is a portal into another time and place, some warm and welcoming and others quite sinister. N. D. Wilson's fantasy (Random, 2007) is slow to take off and many questions are left unresolved. Russell Horton narrates in a smooth, grandfatherly voice, and the characters are nicely developed. Patient listeners will enjoy this creepy tale and eagerly await the next installment. Recommend this title to fans of Neil Gaiman's Coraline (HarperCollins, 2002).--Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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