This isn't the best of Eva Ibbotson's books, but is still a relatively charming story about magical creatures from another world searching for a lost prince in our world. I like most of Ibbotson's books. My only issue with her writing is that every single one of her books includes some problem involving bratty children, and this book is no exception. If you've read some of her better books, such as Which Witch? and Island of the Aunts, this one probably won't impress you as much.