Eight-year-old Noah's problems seem easier to deal with if he doesn't think about them. So he runs away, taking an untrodden path through the forest. Before long, he comes across a shop. But this is no ordinary shop: it's a toyshop, full of the most amazing toys, and brimming with the most wonderful magic. And here Noah meets a very unusual toymaker. The toymaker has a story to tell, and it's a story of adventure and wonder and broken promises. He takes Noah on a journey. A journey that will change his life. From the Hardcover edition.
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by John Boyne
by Paul Torday
by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
by Lauren Groff
by Beau Riffenburgh
by Philip Kerr
by Kyle Harper
by Erich Maria Remarque
"Andrew Sachs sets a proper "once-upon-a-time tone" for this combination of fairy tale and fable. His soft narration has an air of mystery as he tells a story that is both realistic and fantastical. As 8-year-old Noah sets out on an adventure, Sachs portrays him as both curious and preoccupied with worry. A talking donkey and dachshund lead him to a magnificent toy shop. Sachs creates the whistling, hoarse voice of the store's elderly owner--a wise and enigmatic carver. Gradually, listeners learn that Noah's mother impending death has propelled his flight. Sachs's successful emphasis on the magical will help listeners overlook the tale's didactic tone and references that are less meaningful than the story being told. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"