Which Way to Anywhere by Cressida Cowell
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publishing Date: September 19, 2023
From the #1 internationally bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon and Wizards of Once comes an out-of-this-world adventure where magic and reality collide!
K2 O’Hero is a seemingly ordinary boy—after all, he and his twin sister, Izzabird, have been sworn to keep their family’s Magical history a secret. Not even their infuriating stepsiblings, Theo and Mabel, know that Magic exists. They believe K2 to be the most hopeless person they have ever known. But K2 has a secret gift: He draws maps of worlds that are beyond the wildest imaginations. Worlds with six hundred moons, burning rivers, and dark, twisty jungles alive with plants that hunt by the smell of fear. But what K2 doesn’t know is that the maps he draws are real . When their baby sister, Annipeck, is kidnapped, the warring stepsiblings will have to use K2’s gift to find a crossing point into one of those worlds and embark on a daring rescue mission.
About the Author:
Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. She was convinced that there were dragons living on this island, and has been fascinated by dragons ever since. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin’s and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton. Cressida loves illustrating her own work, but also loves writing books for other people to illustrate as the end result can be so unexpected and inspiring. Cressida has written and illustrated eight books in the popular Hiccup series. The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit. How to Train Your Dragon is now published in over 30 languages. A DreamWorks Animation feature film is out in March 2010. Also the author of picture books, Cressida has won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize 2006 and has been shortlisted for many others. Cressida lives in Hammersmith with her husband and three children.
I do love me a Cressida Cowell book but I have a little confession I have had Which Way to Anywhere on my TBR since last year (I'm from the UK) and I had not picked it up because of my ever growing TBR.
So when I saw the blog tour I knew that this would be the way I could read it and oh boy I could kick myself for not reading it sooner.
Again Cressida imagination and story telling has no bounds. She has made an amazing world which is really shown off in her illustrations. The you have two sets of siblings who are at loggerheads and my favourite character by far Annipeck who was the cutest bean plus a lot of adventure which makes the reader feel that they have been on too. You'd think that would be enough but Cressida then entwines the issue of Climate change so masterfully throughout the story it is breath taking.
I will be reading the next in series which in fact is about to land on my doorstep next and I will be adding it to my October TBR as I can't wait to see what happens next to the O'Heros-Smiths.
For all the above reasons Which Way to Anywhere gets 4 Stars