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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Twell Town is an adventure fantasy novella for children and preteens written by Harriet M. Winter. Bunny Thread was an ordinary girl, but she was not quite as comfortable with the modern, tech-obsessed world as most girls her age. Maybe it was the fact that she shared a home at the back of a button shop with her mom, Mrs. Thread, who had been busily knitting, sewing, crocheting, and crafting for as long as Bunny could remember. Her mom’s skills seemed genetically encoded as Bunny, likewise, was most at home when she was creating new designs. Bunny lived and breathed crafting; her room was packed to the rafters with buttons, boxes of thread, yarn, and patterns. At times when she really felt lonely, she’d talk to her dad’s picture, which she had on her nightstand. Bunny had never met her dad, as he had died before she was even born, but she loved spending time conversing with him. It was after such a conversation that she had an idea. If she couldn’t find a friend out there in the real world, maybe, just maybe, she could make a friend. Her mind started racing as she rummaged through her materials and began creating the friend she so badly desired.
Harriet M. Winter’s Twell Town is a well-written and remarkable story about a young creative genius and the quirky, most un-Teddy-like bear she befriends. Buttercup, who actually turns out to be a wise-cracking and wry creature who called himself Dexter, is grand fun and an excellent foil for the sheltered 11-year-old who, as her mother put it, was busily crafting away since she could hold knitting needles in her hands. Their visits to Twell Town and its inhabitants are marvelous and will have young readers giggling at the author’s wordplay and creative look at an alternative world. Twell Town is highly recommended.