Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne JonesHowl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle

byDiana Wynne Jones

Paperback | April 22, 2008

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Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

“A witty, rollicking fantasy.” (ALA Booklist)
Title:Howl's Moving CastleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.9 inPublished:April 22, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061478784

ISBN - 13:9780061478789

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from I enjoyed the movie more... I was very disappointed, especially because so many people seem to love this book I don’t understand why I didn’t enjoy as much. I really enjoyed the beginning, and for the most part I enjoyed the ending, although I feel like the ending was rushed. While reading the book I kept thinking to myself how I wished I was done reading it already. Maybe it’s because I watch the movie first and I had such high expectations. But I found the book confusing at times and when the author switched scenes I would often get confused not knowing who is in the scene what’s going on. Possibly this could be because I listen to the audiobook, I may have had a different experience if I read it without the audiobook. I really did not like the writing style, and I found it very difficult to connect with any of the characters. Unfortunately. I like the movie better… Which is something I don’t often say.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving Magic! A classic, full of fun and interesting characters in a magical world with a life all it's own.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from all-time favourites i love anything by diana wynne jones, but howl's moving castle holds a special place in my heart. excellent for readers of any age. everyone should read diana wynne jones
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite. The longer I stay in academia, the more strongly I relate to Howl's life choices. A wonderful book, with great depth and feeling. This is one I go back to whenever I am feeling particularly dissatisfied with life. Stories like this are a balm for the soul.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! If you come to this book after watching the anime, you will not be disappointed. The plot of the book is not the same as the anime (though there are many things that are the same) but the differences make for a wonderful story. I loved it!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Being a fan of the Miyazaki film, I knew I had to read this. It's amazing! Howl truly is a charming character on screen and in the book. Such a funny and adorable little book
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected for movie-fans If you've seen the famous Miyazaki film, you'll be be well-surprised in indulging in the original story. Though the two have quite the differences (Sophie's character, her sisters and their story, just to name a few both are whimsical, magical and full of adventure. You'll find more to the story with the novel, though. P.S Beware of the charmer Howl - who Jones has said to have enamored many readers ;)
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely an enjoyable read This book surprised me. I decided to read it as an adult because yes... I really enjoyed the animated film. I knew it was a YA book so I wasn't expecting much. What I got was a completely enchanting experience. The main character is a young introverted girl who is turned into an elderly woman, but there is one caveat--she can't tell anyone! The book is very often laugh out loud funny, the humour was really good! You see Sophie go through an internal transformation as well as the seemingly tough Howl. It was a really nice read that I'd recommend to kids and adults or to be read together
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just delightful! This is a delightful story for boys and girls. It has magic, mystery and adventure. A true gem that inspires a love of reading!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely magic This is a fabulous book to make your children start appreciating reading.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magic read Such a great story about a young woman afraid to grow up and be seen by others and so relatable. I couldn't put this book down
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wizard-riffic! This is my favourite book because it was fantastic and amazing and great. I really love it. A lot. (I would give it more stars if I could.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant writing Diana Wynne Jones writes gold. One of my favourite books! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Easy Read This story is a great easy read. As an adult it is still one of my favorites. I love Calcifer! Bought it for younger family members to share in the enjoyment :)
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites Are you a fan of whimsy, fairytales, and imagination? Then this is the book for you. A lighthearted and fun read that is easy to get into.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than movie!! I watched the movie before I read the book, the movie was good, but the book was so much more. It was so worth searching for.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jones Does it Again What can I even say about this book that could make you love this book and this author as much as I do? Howl's Moving Castle makes me like I'm floating on a cloud being hugged by a gigantic marshmallow being. I first found this book when I was about 10, and have continued to read it and continued to love it each and every time. :) Sophie Hatter believes what everyone in the society she lives in believes - the oldest child will lead a very boring life and never find fortune, stuck in the hum drum of working for the family hat shop. One day, her sister offends a witch and thinking Sophie is her sister, changes her into an old crochety lady! When Sophie leaves to find work, she ultimately comes to work for Wizard Howl, the notorious eater of beautiful girls hearts. There she meets Calcifer the fire demon and makes a deal to break Calcifer's contract with Howl in exchange for her youth again. This book is SUCH a feel good story, and you can't help falling in love with Sophie as an old lady, and with Howl who is actually just a really powerful wizard with a good heart, and really with all the other quirky characters. “Look. Survey. Inspect. My hair is ruined! I look like a pan of bacon and eggs!” -Howl The settings of Ingary, Kingsbury, the Waste, and even the castle are well described and it's very easy to imagine each place. Jones' writing also makes you want to visit all those places yourself! It also helps that there's a movie out now and everything just makes sense now too. Love, love, love, love, love!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Formative this is a great book for girls to read, and everyone else for that matter. that fantastic movie keeps a ton of the elements, but the book has several surprises for keen readers.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful I got this book because of the animated movie. I loved the book as well. This book is great for young and older readers.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Gift I read this novel long ago and was obsessed, but I recently bought this for my boyfriend and he is inlove!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jones at her best I really enjoy the way Jones weaves this fantastical tale. It is great for adults and young readers alike.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read! This book is Harry Potter meets classic fairy tales. Share it with your young readers! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yay! I will say one thing before I really begin this review: watch the Miyazaki movie first, because if you read this first, you won’t like the Miyazaki movie as much. And I really want you to like both, because they’re both wonderful. The plot is significantly different in this book. There isn’t as much at stake because there is no war in this one, but it feels like there is so much more going on than in the movie. This is such an unusual, but warm-and-fuzzy fairytale. There isn’t a heck of a lot going on in terms of plot, but this is a character-driven novel for sure, and it delivers. Most every character is lovable, and by the time I finished reading the book, I felt like I’d made new friends. I rarely find a book that special anymore. The magic is subtle and inspires childlike wonder, and the setting is so fitting. (By the way, there is a MAJOR twist in this aspect that will probably make you gasp. Actually gasp.) The love story between Howl and Sophie is actually not my favourite part. It’s development is unlike that of any other love story I’ve read, so it gets points in that sense. I just wish Howl wasn’t such a floozy, but I enjoyed his silliness and kindness. The gratification of the love story doesn’t come until the very, very end, and even then, not much happens (that we see, anyhow.) Some people may prefer this, but I was all “NOOOO, this can’t end yet! I need more Howl/Sophie fluff.” Maybe we’ll get some in the companion novels? Please read it. It’s old-timey and reminds me of Anne of Green Gables (one of my faves), only with magic and general quirky weirdness. Read it. It will make you happy.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a fair amount of excitement The first time I ever heard of this book was in 2006 when we lived in St. Louis, MO, and a friend of our younger son with whom he played homeschool baseball, gave a report in the in a local homeschool newsletter. A few years later, after we had moved from St. Louis to Salem, IL, we picked Howl’s Moving Castle, made from the book in 2004 by Hayao Miyazaki, for a family video. The film generally follows the book, but as Jackson noted there are some major differences. I read several reviews by people who actually liked the movie better than the book. The main complaints about the novel are that it is has poor character development, flimsy story lines, implausible plot devices, and too many words yet not enough real description. Personally, I found the book well-written and generaly easy to read with a fair amount of excitement, but I did note a few concerns. First, the plot has an almost “absurdist” quality to it. That doesn’t necessarily make it bad, but some people may not care for that sort of story. There are some common euphemisms, such as “drat” and “confound it,” a few curse-like terms (“damnation” and “Hell’s teeth”), and one instance of the word “Lord” used as an exclamation. Howl has as reputation as a womanizer, courting girls until they fall in love with him then dropping them for someone else but nothing sexual is actually implied. References to drinking beer, brandy, and wine occur, and Howl comes home drunk once towards the end. If you prefer not to have your children reading books which contain magic or witchcraft, you would obviously want to avoid this one. I do make a distinction between books which I believe promote an interest in the occult, such as Harry Potter, and those where the magic or witchcraft is simply part of the fictional setting of a story. Howl’s Moving Castle comes about as close to the former as possible, and only the “absurdist” nature of the plot might keep it from falling into that category. Author Diana Wynne Jones, was born in London, England, on August 16, 1934, the daughter of Marjorie (née Jackson) and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were educators. She is a British writer, principally of fantasy novels for children and adults, as well as a small amount of non-fiction. Some of her better-known works include the Chrestomanci series. Her books range from a broad, almost slapstick delight in the construction of absurd-yet-logical situations, especially evident in the endings of some of her books, to sharp social observation, to witty parody of literary forms. Foremost amongst the latter are her Tough Guide to Fantasyland, a non-fiction work on clichés in fantasy fiction that has a cult following as a reference among writers and critics, despite being difficult to find due to an erratic printing history, and its fictional companion-pieces Dark Lord of Derkholm (1998) and Year of the Griffin (2000), which provide a merciless, though not unaffectionate, critique of formulaic sword-and-sorcery epics. Charmed Life, the first book in the Chrestomanci series, won the 1977 Guardian Award for Children’s Books. Archer's Goon (1984), a Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor Book and World Fantasy Award for Best Novel nominee, was adapted for television in 1992. According to her autobiography, Diana has been an atheist since she was ten. Howl's Moving Castle won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and was named an ALA Notable book for both children and young adults. A sequel, Castle in the Air, was published in 1990. A second sequel, House of Many Ways was released in June 2008. Both are also young adult fantasy novels set in Ingary, though the two works are only loosely related to Howl's Moving Castle.
Date published: 2012-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A book for all ages This book doesn't feel like it's 25 years old! Diana Wynne Jones created characters who were captivating and a book that has a slight air of mystery. I recommend this book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites for years now... As always, I am a huge fan of Diana Wynne Jones' work, but this is honestly the book that captured my affection and imagination the most of all her books! I recently purchased the entire 'Castle' series, (Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Air and The House of Many Ways) so I could lend them out to my friends and find someone else to talk to about these wonderful stories! ALL of the characters are engaging and endearing and the story just gets better the more times I read it!
Date published: 2009-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost as Good as Chrestomanci Howl's Moving Castle is a delightful young adult fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones, that sees the readers enthralled with a mix of fantasy and fairy tales. Our heroine is Sophie Hatter, the eldest of three girls, who is convinced that as the eldest she will never be a success or be able to seek a fortune. Instead she is stuck at the Hat Shop, owned by her family, toiling away, decorating hats. However, one day her life is changed forever when she meets the Witch of the Waste. She is propelled on a journey that involves a scarecrow, a castle that never stops moving, a fire demon called Calcifur and a very vain wizard. This book was such a pleasure to read. Ever since Charmed Life I have been a huge Diana Wynne Jones fan, and I've been slowly making my way through her collection of tales. She has a wonderful knack for writing stories that simply leap off the pages and keep you riveted until the very last sentence. Howl's Moving Castle is another example of her incredible talent. The characters in Howl's Moving Castle are simply wonderful. We have the adorable heroine Sophie, who can't seem to piece together the mystery and restore her life, and the ever-vain Wizard Howl, along with his apprentice Michael. Not since Chrestomanci (in Charmed Life) have I found characters to love and cherish this much. Between pages of adventures, there is so many "laugh out loud" moments as Diana Wynne Jones has spun a tale that is set back and forth from a fantasyland, to modern day Wales. The wonderfully funny fire-demon Calcifur will definitely win a few hearts over, along with Howl. If it wasn't snowing outside, I would be racing right out to grab Castle in the Air, the second book in this series.
Date published: 2009-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must See for All Ages Simply Amazing. Diana turned a classic tale of a not-so-pretty hater and a heart-breaking magician into an adventure. Page after page, the fun never seems to end as long as Howl’s around. His magnificent castle, along with a lovable fire demon, an exploited apprentice and a bundle of well-developed characters, will capture your heart in a matter of pages. Why, the only complaint is the story ended too fast!
Date published: 2007-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great classic A book that's even better the second time you read it! Don't feel too sorry for Sophie, she's got a few tricks up her sleeve. Calcifer is still the best.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A beloved favourite Intricate and surprising, this fairy-tale-turned-on-its-head is one of Jones' best. Nothing is what is seems at first, everyone hides a secret, and there is great fun in the discovery. Gentle humour and a fast-paced plot makes this a favourite read and a beloved re-read.
Date published: 2006-06-15

Editorial Reviews

?A witty, rollicking fantasy.? (ALA Booklist)