I’ve already reviewed Hope Larson’s version of Madeleine L’Engle’s original book, A Wrinkle in Time, but today I will be reviewing a short story of Madam L’Engle’s. Hope Larson vividly illustrates this story to bring it to a new generation of readers.
In this story, published originally in 1970 for the Children’s Book Council Book Week, Meg is worried. No, more accurately she’s terrified. Her brother, genius little Charles Wallace, is set to start school very soon and she’s concerned that he’ll be out of place in a school filled with normal children. When Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which appear to take not only Charles Wallace, but also Meg and Calvin away, they are whisked off to Intergalactic P. S. 3. Here each of them must face a separate challenge to prove that they are worthy of entry to the school – and Meg must face hers with a fiery cherubim as her companion. Can she prove she is worthy of entry to Intergalactic P. S. 3. or will Meg fail and be sent back to earth alone. And even worse, will her cherubim companion be forced to choose between eternal darkness or to fight for the side of evil?
I never knew that Madeleine L’Engle had published a short story in addition to the original Wrinkle in Time books, so it was rather interesting to sit down with this book, newly illustrated by Hope Larson, and read through. I found it to be not only an excellent read, but it also features some scenes that longtime fans of the books will find familiar.
Chime Time! Have you read any of Madeleine L’Engle’s books besides A Wrinkle in Time?