Howls Moving Castle Picture Book Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-14 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 30 user ratings

"I like many others picked up this book after seeing the Hayao Miyazaki animated interpretation. I am a huge Hayao fan and became extremely interested in the story line. I must say, the plot of the novel is almost completely different than the film but in the end I closed the book smiling. The characters weren't as romanticized as in the film but it added depth to their character and charm. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. This is going on that short list of books I will likely read and re-read until the binding falls apart. " said.


I thought this was a great story with unique perspectives which I love about young adult literature. The technique telling it is why I gave it a low rating. Taking into consideration I believe this book was written for a younger audience than an adult, it was somewhat predictable, some parts were confusing to figure out what was going on and lacked good description. Characters were fairly hashed out but nothing spectacular. And character development was jolting at times with character changes too quick or out of the blue. I gave it a two, but it almost deserves a three star. I enjoyed it as a first read but probably won't come back to it.
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"As much as I loved diving back into the story of Howl's Moving Castle (the art, the characters, the magic!), I found this adaptation a bit difficult to read. THe editors included the whole story and all of the details, but the way that the page layout was constructed is a bit messy. The image-stills from the film were well chosen, but their placement on the page was often jumbled and didn't match up with the textual accompaniment. Further complicating the issue was the inclusion of speech bubbles; sometimes they repeated f[hrases from the text, but other times they were additional speech so it was never quite clear if the reader must read them or whether the text or bubbled should be read first. I would really like to see a little bit more thought being put into these books, since I'm sure that they would be treasured if done well. " said.

"This particular adaptation of Howl's Moving Castle suffers for fault of the medium by which it is being conveyed. By choosing to take screenshots of the film and superimposing dialogue over them, pacing is placed by the wayside. There are too many panels required to show an action as simple as standing because Miyazaki's art style is so fluid and there is so much movement. Had they simply foregone some of the smaller, less essential motions or combined separate actions into a single panel (ie: Sophie standing up and groaning with a hand pressed to her back does not need three panels to show) this could have been a great manga. As it is, this will only be read by fans of other forms of this story because they want to consume all that is related to "Howl's Moving Castle" and never on its own merit." said.

"Sophie is an unsatisfied young woman with a magical talent in bringing things to life. She embarks on a journey after being cursed by a witch to become an aged woman, to meet Howl (a wizard), and Calcifer (a fallen star), along with other characters. Throughout the novel, Sophie comes to terms with her inner-self and by so doing demonstrates great courage and loyalty, freeing more than just herself from the awful curse given to her by the witch.

I thought this novel was very refreshing in beating the norms of most fairy tale-twisted novels. The fairy tales are not explicit by any means, however, the intention of many of the stories are hidden within the actual story. It was very creatively done and interesting. I liked this book a lot and would recommend it to a large YA audience. There is no concern with language or other censorship problems.
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"I loved the book and liked both the anime and this film comic (all four parts, even though I'm only keeping the first one on my shelves). Can't even say with much certainty which one I I was acquainted with first, to be honest...

Anyway, the manga's prettily drawn and captures the essential story quite well, in my opinion. I liked the overall visualisation and enjoyed the obvious Miyazakisms - it's always interesting to see how different artists interpret each other's art -, and I thought this version was very well done, too. But I still prefer DJW's humour and her much more understated manner. Especially the main conflict and the ending is pretty dramatically altered from the original, and I'm not sure it's entirely for the better.

It would be interesting to re-read these with fresh eyes, too, now that I pretty much know the story backwards.
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"I found this story to be an interesting story however difficult to follow. When I read stories that are set in different worlds I am some what disconnected because at times there isn't something I can relate too. A young girl is cursed by a witch and embarks on a epic journey that culminates in some fun surprises.
I liked how the overall story goes, for example the character of Howl is like a mix of Sherlock Holmes, a mad scientist and Dumbledore from harry potter. Some times you just wonder what he is doing and why he is doing it. There is fun moments between Sophie Calcefir and Michael who are all there to make sure howl keeps his head on straight. The dynamic between the characters and the elements that are connected to classics make an interesting world and an interesting story especially with all of the plot surprises that gives it a nice conclusion.
I would recommend this book to people who have a deep love for epic fantasy and can enjoy the thrill of a new world
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"I will openly admit that this book has it's flaws (there are a few leaps in character and story that lack development), but I really loved it. Sofie, the main character who has always been certain she will be a failure due to being the first born, has to set out on her own after mistaken identity causes her to be cursed with early old age. Her advanced years give her the courage and surliness to seek employment with the local "wicked" wizard, Howl, as a cleaning lady. There she lives, causing trouble but also gaining a place in the "family" with Howl, his fire demon, Calcifer and his assistant, Michael. Together, they evade a vengeful witch and unwillingly take part in the search for a missing prince and a missing royal wizard. All in all, even with the development issues, I really loved it and recommend it for your reading list. There are also two sequels set in the same world and including some of the same characters." said.

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