Review: Suitcase of Stars, Pierdomenico Baccalario

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Suitcase of Stars, Pierdomenico Baccalario
Have you heard of Cinderella’s glass slipper? What about Sinbad the Sailor’s Flying Carpet? In this world, there are many magical items—but only one place where they’re safe: the Enchanted Emporium. For centuries, seven families have competed for ownership of the Emporium—and some of them are willing to do whatever it takes to get their hands on the powerful items housed within. Only Aiby Lily and her friend Finley have what it takes to stop the Emporium from falling into the wrong hands. (source: Goodreads)

P. D. Baccalario was born in Acqui Terme, a beautiful little town in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. He grew up in the middle of the woods with his three dogs and his black bicycle. He loves seeing new places and discovering new lifestyles, although, in the end, he always returns to the comfort of familiar ones.

Look at that cute cover and try to tell me you do not want to pick up this book!
The book starts with an introduction of Finlay, his family and his very big imagination. He is about to turn 13 and he loves to go you and have adventures or go fishing on his special spot. I had a harder time with Aiby. Surrounded by a bit to much mystery it was difficult to get a grip on her.
The story is not as filled with fairy tales and magical items as the synopsis might imply. Still it was a great adventure book for both boys and girls. There are great graphics to explain the magical items used in the story. There are mentions of internet and cell phones but they felt forced to make the story more contemporary so I was happy that it was not mentioned often.

Suitcase of Stars
Author: Pierdomenico Baccalario
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Pages: 250
Format: eGalley
ISBN-10: 1434265196
ISBN-13: 9781434265197
Original title: Una Valigia di Stelle
Series: La Bottega Battibaleno #1
Stone Arch Books: Hardcover
Suitcase of Stars
4 stars

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04 March, 2014 delete

hehe you are right: the cover is cute.
I don't feel like reading it at the moment, but I liked to know about it thanks to your review (I will keep it in mind if someone ask me for recommendations for children and teens).

13 March, 2014 delete

Based on the cover, yes I'd also want to pick this one up!