Unicorns, dragons, sprites, will-o'-the-wisps: the inhabitants of an enchanted world. And into this world - through the pages of an old book - ventures Bastian, a lonely boy of ten or twelve. But Fantastica is slowly decaying, its Childlike Empress dying. Only a real human being can set things right by giving the Empress a new name. Bastian takes up the challenge, and finds himself crossing the Swamps of Sadness and the Silver Mountains, meeting sorcerers and giants, bats and night-hobs, gnomes and racing snails, as he journeys bravely toward the Ivory Tower, Bastian's quest is filled with all the wonders of myth and fairy tale. It is a fantasy adventure that will capture your heart - and recapture the magical dreams of childhood.
An instantaneous leap into the magical ... Energetic, innovative, and perceptive --The Washington Post A rich, enjoyable read ... Succeeds by drawing in the most potent elements of fairytale, myth, and invented fantasy. --The Observer You might just get in touch with the child in you who clapped her hands for Tinker Bell. --Glamour A trumpet blast for the imagination. --Sunday Times