The Matchstick Castle

This is such a crazy story, it cracked me up. Seriously, laugh out loud funny. Brian’s dad has to go away to work all Summer and so he is sent to Boring, Illinois to stay with his cousin and uncle. At first, Boring lives up to its name until Brian and his cousin get lost in the woods, and the story takes an Alice in Wonderland type turn. He and his cousin find a family as wacky as their cottage castle. Doors that lead to nowhere. Family members who go missing inside their very house. It’s a silly romp. It’s really a perfect book for kids who just want to read something fun and silly. For example:

“Did someone just say, ‘We’re in here’?” I asked.

“I thought I heard someone say, ‘Be of good cheer,'” said Nora.

Two thumbs up from Declan and I. In other words- 11yo and his Mom approved.

I borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library to read as a bedtime story and to review here.

The Matchstick Castle


Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.