Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
This book, for me, is like Spirited Away: A Retelling. The plot, the antics, even Saki all scream “Studio Ghibli” to me, and that is a beautiful thing – and this is of course beside the fact that both feature a little girl, spirits, and are set in Japan. I spend a lot of time looking for movies that give me the same sort of feelings a Ghibli film will. I’ve yet to find anything that comes close. In The Night Parade, little bits of information are hinted at but not explained, some horrific creature tries to eat a child and makes my grown-up-self sleep with the lights on, and a child gets a better understanding of her family from their wild and wacky adventures. The character development is beautiful, the setting feels real (even the spirit world), and it even has your typical MG morals. See if you can guess this one: “Saki learned very little from Her Ladyship’s tale, except for the fact that Her Ladyship was an insufferable gossip whose neck had grown long from her habit of eavesdropping on conversations that did not concern her.”
The Night Parade is a gorgeous, creepy, thrilling MG novel and I definitely encourage you to read it.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of this book.