Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun
Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun
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Annotation: Set in post-civil war Spain, a young girl flees the home of her cruel step-father into an underground fantasy world where she encounters a strange creature and a terrifying battle between good and evil.
Catalog Number: #183962
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Williams, Allen,
Pages: 256 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 0-06-241446-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-241446-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018034307
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Del Toro's Oscar-winning film Pan's Labyrinth is a natural pick for novelization, steeped as it is in books and storytelling. But perhaps novelization is too limiting a word, for Funke beautifully expands the story's mythologies and deftly transposes Del Toro's highly visual world to the page. It is the story of Ofelia, who is en route with her heavily pregnant mother to meet her new stepfather, a brutal military captain. In 1944 Spain, Capitan Vidal is charged with ousting rebels from the woods surrounding the old mill that is now Ofelia's home. The violence of war intermingles with the magic and darkness of fairy tales as bookish Ofelia enters an old labyrinth, where a faun recognizes her as the lost princess of an enchanted, underground kingdom which she can return if she completes three tasks. Funke maintains the tale's dark beauty, filling it with imaginative details, complex characters, love, and history, as well as humanity's evils. With pages hauntingly framed in trees and gorgeous full-page illustrations, this book will creep into the minds and hearts of readers and linger there.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Expansive fan bases will collide with this collaboration and likely spawn another best-seller for Del Toro and Funke.
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 69 Master storyteller Funke and critically acclaimed director del Toro have woven a tale of greed, bravery, and sacrifice inspired by the Oscar-winning film. In 1944, 13-year-old Ofelia and her pregnant mother, Carmen, have come to live with her mother's new husband in a forest north of Spain. Ofelia is afraid of her new stepfather, whom she has nicknamed "The Wolf." She worries that he will hurt her mother. When they have almost reached her new home, she encounters a small twiglike creature that she knows immediately is actually a fairy. Ofelia is correct, as the strange fairy returns later on. She follows it through the forest, where she meets a half-man, half-goat creature, the Faun. He tells her that she is the reincarnation of an Underworld princess but her memories were erased by the sun. Ofelia's true father, the king of the Underworld, has left portals open all over the word so she can return to him. It has been so long since she left, there is only one portal still open. Ofelia must pass a series of tests before she is allowed to return to the Underworld. Readers will easily relate to Ofelia's fears and applaud her bravery. Imaginative vignettes and black-and-white illustrations add depth to the narrative. Hand to fans of the movie, but also expect to engender new devotees with such captivating lore. VERDICT Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia" series and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland , this creatively cryptic tale will enchant readers who delight in fantasy. Julie Shatterly, W. A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A young girl is swept into the dangerous world of fairies and magic in war-torn Spain in a collaborative tale inspired by the noted film.With the death of her father, her mother's marriage to a stoic military captain, and the imminent arrival of a baby brother, 13-year-old Ofelia's world has been turned upside down. But once upturned, Ofelia discovers a world beneath her own that seems straight out of her favorite fairy tales—an Underground Kingdom with magic, fairies, and a faun whose princess has been missing for centuries. The faun explains that Ofelia is their princess reincarnated, but to return to her throne, she must complete three tasks before the next full moon. But as her mother's health rapidly declines and the captain's cruelty spreads like a deadly fume, a giant toad and grotesque child eater aren't the only monsters Ofelia must face. Charged with the monumental task of adapting an intricate film to the page, del Toro (The Shape of Water, 2018, etc.) and Funke (The Griffin's Feather, 2018, etc.) have avoided merely describing the film and instead have elegantly recrafted the narrative. Brief, interspersed tales that stitch together several characters' backstories deepen and add greater complexity to the plot while also shrinking the original story's ambiguous gap between fantasy and reality. Spot art based on the film's concept art accompanies each of the tales, helping to both offset and connect them.Dark and mesmerizing. (Dark fantasy. 12-18)
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Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal Starred Review (5/1/19)
ALA Booklist (5/1/19)
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 7-12

Fans of dark fairy-tales like The Hazel Wood and The Cruel Prince will relish this atmospheric and absorbing book based on Guillermo del Toro's critically acclaimed movie. Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro's hit movie Pan's Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages, complete with haunting illustrations and enchanting short stories that flesh out the folklore of this fascinating world. This spellbinding tale takes readers to a sinister, magical, and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous soldiers, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family. A brilliant collaboration between masterful storytellers that's not to be missed. "Perfectly unsettling and deeply felt, this reminded me of the best kind of fairytales wherein each chapter is a jewel that, when held up to the light, reframes how we see the world around us." --Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and Aru Shah and the End of Time "A fearless and moving adaption of the film, and a gorgeously written, emotional, frightening parable about the courage of young women amid the brutality of war." --Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone

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