This book has a mixture of adventure, fantasy and science fiction in it. It is about how two siblings, Meg and Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin travel through space to find and save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father. Their father, Mr. Murry, worked for the government and had to take lots of secret trips without telling them where. The last time he left, he didn’t come back, and his family was told he was dead. Mrs. Murry, however, didn’t believe it and kept using the phrase “when your father comes back” when speaking to her children.
One day an unexpected visitor, Ms. Whatsit, comes to the house. Soon after, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin are on an adventure to find Mr. Murry. They travel to different planets and different galaxies by “wrinkling” time; they confront IT, the evil villain who wants to take over the world; and they encounter weird creatures (like the ones described below).
I think what makes a book especially good is the way the author describes what is happening in the book. In this book, the author’s descriptions of one of the weird creatures gives you some picture of what they look like, but you still need to use your imagination to put it all together. Here is one of my favorite descriptions:
They were the same dull gray color as the flowers. If they hadn’t walked upright they would have seemed like animals. They moved directly toward the three human beings. They had four arms and far more than five fingers to each hand, and the fingers were not fingers, but long waving tentacles. They had heads, and they had faces. But where the faces of the creatures on Uriel had seemed far more than human faces, these seemed far less. Where the features would normally be there were several indentations, and in place of ears and hair were more tentacles. They were tall, Meg realized as they came closer, far taller than any man. They had no eyes, just soft indentations.
I like how the author gives me the outline of the beasts, but that I still have to imagine their detailed features. For example, I have to visualize in my mind what the indentations and the tentacles actually look like.
One of my favorite characters in the book is Meg. Some people think that she is not very smart. But that is probably because she always gets sent to the principal’s office for not paying attention in class. Meg, however, is great at math. And she is a bit stubborn like me.
Charles Wallace is super smart. But he also is often thought to be stupid and unable to talk. It is because he didn’t start talking until he was almost four.
I think the author is using the theme “don’t judge a book by its cover” by showing that some kids who are not thought to be smart are actually the smartest ones. The book cover here is what people see on the outside of Meg and Charles Wallace, the side that looks to some people to be not smart. But the inside of the book is the truth, the way there are bright kids.
This book was written 52 years ago and I think it’s fascinating that a book that was written that long ago still appeals to kids today. Over the years, this book has had many different cover designs. Some have simple designs, and others are more intricate and more interesting. I believe the one I posted in this review is the most recent one. Here is a link to a website that has all the different covers.
There are four other books in this series. However, the author also wrote other books with some of the same characters.
This is a great book that is good for ages 9-14.