The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer

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Once there was a girl who lived in a castle. The castle was inside a museum. When children visited, they’d press against the glass globe in which the castle sat, to glimpse the tiny girl. But when they went home, the girl was lonely. Then one day, she had an idea! What if you hung a picture of yourself inside the castle inside the museum, inside this book? Then you’d able to keep the girl company. Reminiscent of “The Lady of Shalot,” here is an original fairy tale that feels like a dream—haunting, beautiful, and completely unforgettable.
 

About Kate Bernheimer

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KATE BERNHEIMER is the founder and editor of the literary journal Fairy Tale Review as well as the author of two novels and a children's book and the editor of two other anthologies of original short fiction. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. GREGORY MAGUIRE is the bestselling author of Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published December 19, 2012 by Schwartz & Wade. 40 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The princess-like girl of the title is lonely within her idyllic, sequestered world until she is visited by children, either in dreams or in reality.

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Italian artist Ceccoli's (The Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales ) previous illustrations were dreamy paintings; for this tall-format book, she uses clay models an

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Closing the book with a bang-up twist, the author inverts her this-inside-that motif to enshrine the audience's place in the story: “Now in her room and in her dreams, inside the castle inside the museum, inside this book you hold in your hands, you keep her company....

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She even dreams of the reader, who is, in the end, invited to leave his/her picture above the girl's bed inside the castle, inside the glass case, inside the museum, inside the book that the reader is holding.

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The creepy part comes near the end of the book, when the girl hangs a picture frame on her wall, so that the reader can leave a picture of him or herself, so that the girl "won't have to miss you at all."

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It’s a very interesting idea that is bolstered by the text: “Now in her room and in her dreams, inside the castle inside the museum, inside this book you hold in your hands, you keep her company in a magical world.

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