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Lampie and the Children of the Sea is a prizewinning and enchanting fairytale adventure, set in a world of mermaids, pirates and stormy seas Every evening Lampie the lighthouse keeper's daughter must light a lantern to warn ships away from the rocks. But one stormy night disaster strikes. The lantern goes out, a ship is wrecked and an adventure begins. In disgrace, Lampie is Lampie and the Children of the Sea is a prizewinning and enchanting fairytale adventure, set in a world of mermaids, pirates and stormy seas Every evening Lampie the lighthouse keeper's daughter must light a lantern to warn ships away from the rocks. But one stormy night disaster strikes. The lantern goes out, a ship is wrecked and an adventure begins. In disgrace, Lampie is sent to work as a maid at the Admiral's Black House, where rumour has it that a monster lurks in the tower. But what she finds there is stranger and more beautiful than any monster. Soon Lampie is drawn into a fairytale adventure in a world of mermaids and pirates, where she must fight with all her might for friendship, freedom and the right to be different.


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Lampie and the Children of the Sea is a prizewinning and enchanting fairytale adventure, set in a world of mermaids, pirates and stormy seas Every evening Lampie the lighthouse keeper's daughter must light a lantern to warn ships away from the rocks. But one stormy night disaster strikes. The lantern goes out, a ship is wrecked and an adventure begins. In disgrace, Lampie is Lampie and the Children of the Sea is a prizewinning and enchanting fairytale adventure, set in a world of mermaids, pirates and stormy seas Every evening Lampie the lighthouse keeper's daughter must light a lantern to warn ships away from the rocks. But one stormy night disaster strikes. The lantern goes out, a ship is wrecked and an adventure begins. In disgrace, Lampie is sent to work as a maid at the Admiral's Black House, where rumour has it that a monster lurks in the tower. But what she finds there is stranger and more beautiful than any monster. Soon Lampie is drawn into a fairytale adventure in a world of mermaids and pirates, where she must fight with all her might for friendship, freedom and the right to be different.

30 review for Lampie and the Children of the Sea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Emelia, or Lampie as she is known, is the young daughter of the lighthouse keeper. Her mother died recently and her father is now disabled so it is her job to climb all the stairs and light the wick as the night draws in. She is a young girl who likes to play and have fun and sometimes her imagination makes her forget things, like to replace the matches to light the lamp. When a storm comes in she goes off to light the lamp to help the ships stay off the Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Emelia, or Lampie as she is known, is the young daughter of the lighthouse keeper. Her mother died recently and her father is now disabled so it is her job to climb all the stairs and light the wick as the night draws in. She is a young girl who likes to play and have fun and sometimes her imagination makes her forget things, like to replace the matches to light the lamp. When a storm comes in she goes off to light the lamp to help the ships stay off the rocks but there are no matches left, she forgot she was supposed to buy more. She sets off in the storm to the shops but the wind is ferocious and she ends up being blown about so viciously that she is knocked unconscious. Awaking the next morning she heads home and discovers that whilst the lamp was out a boat has crashed. The Sheriff of the town isn’t happy, the boat was an expensive one and he decides that Lampie and her father are responsible for paying for a new one. Her father is left at the lighthouse to see to the light every night and is told he must not leave, Lampie is sent as a maid to the Black House owned by the Admiral where legends have it that a monster is kept in the tower. But is the legend correct? Lampie and the Children of the Sea is a beautiful fantasy story featuring such a wonderful little girl who has such wisdom and loyalty to her for someone so young. The story is told in six parts and reads just like a fairy tale and has some amazing artwork within the pages too. It truly is mesmerising. The book has been translated and whilst there were tiny sections that didn’t have natural wording to them, they were very few and far between and easy to just gloss over, not often the case with translated books, so this was a pleasant surprise. There was an air of magic to the book too which all the children that I know love in a story. This is a tale that will capture your heart and have you reading non-stop.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    What an amazing & powerfully written book! Wow! I loved this. I’ve been missing the ocean so much recently, & reading books where I get to read about it have been amazing for me lately. With writing like this, I almost feel like I’m there. There are some hard things in here, such as child abuse at the very beginning-no matter how remorseful he may be, that’s exactly what it is. Then Lampie who blames herself for it, & everything that has gone wrong-no! I wanted to shout! It’s not her job to make What an amazing & powerfully written book! Wow! I loved this. I’ve been missing the ocean so much recently, & reading books where I get to read about it have been amazing for me lately. With writing like this, I almost feel like I’m there. There are some hard things in here, such as child abuse at the very beginning-no matter how remorseful he may be, that’s exactly what it is. Then Lampie who blames herself for it, & everything that has gone wrong-no! I wanted to shout! It’s not her job to make everything right, it’s the parents job. She is the sweetest little soul, & I loved her so much. Quite a few other amazing characters in here too. Such as Nick, Martha, Fish, & Lenny(who has my heart along with Lampie). This was so atmospheric as well. Like I said, I felt like I was there. I got worried at the fair part, & was pleasantly surprised it didn’t go the way I feared it would. There were a few things I wish were explained more-her father & mother’s pasts, her mother’s death, & the ending. The ending itself was amazing, & I loved it-but there’s 1 character that we didn’t get to see what happens! I don’t know if there will be another book, but it would be nice to see what happens next, especially with the 1 character I mentioned. But that stuff didn’t make me love this any less. It’s like a mix between a darker Secret Garden & The Little Mermaid(& a little bit Edward Scissorhands lol). So good. This is a magical creepy adventure with unlikely but endearing friendships, finding where you belong, embracing what makes you different, & complicated families. Full of hope, longing, family, friendship, belonging, courage, & trust. Love how it shows what a miracle & privilege it is to learn how to read & write also. Amazing friendship dynamics b/n Lampie & Fish, & Lampie & Lenny too. I loved watching that grow. Lampie will have a place in my heart always-she has “the stuff of heroes”. Amazingly translated by Laura Watkinson. STUNNING cover by Ramona Kaulitzki too!💜

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This book really lacked direction - it couldn't make it's mind up what was the main storyline was and I felt that a lot of the book could have been cut out. It's like the author added a load of waffle just to make the book longer. I expected the book to be whimsical and magical from the cover and description but I didn't get that at all from this. The writing style and the story didn't exactly match up with the illusion this book was trying to portray. There was also quite a bit of problematic the This book really lacked direction - it couldn't make it's mind up what was the main storyline was and I felt that a lot of the book could have been cut out. It's like the author added a load of waffle just to make the book longer. I expected the book to be whimsical and magical from the cover and description but I didn't get that at all from this. The writing style and the story didn't exactly match up with the illusion this book was trying to portray. There was also quite a bit of problematic themes in this book (i.e. an adult trying to get a child to kiss him as a means of payment) and some of the characters didn't bat an eyelid at this. I hope this one doesn't win the carnegie award as there's definitely better books on that list.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Malorie (Firereader)

    Recieved an ARC from Netgalley I'm not sure there are words for how odd and great this book is but I'm going to try! I have never read a book written in this style, it is so unique and well done that it wasn't hard to read and added to this engrossing story. A twisty tale of loss and sadness, mermaids and pirates, and the worst and best in humanity, it gave me A Series of Unfortunate Events vibes but it also has a lightness that brings a smile to your face. The characters have a way of pulling at Recieved an ARC from Netgalley I'm not sure there are words for how odd and great this book is but I'm going to try! I have never read a book written in this style, it is so unique and well done that it wasn't hard to read and added to this engrossing story. A twisty tale of loss and sadness, mermaids and pirates, and the worst and best in humanity, it gave me A Series of Unfortunate Events vibes but it also has a lightness that brings a smile to your face. The characters have a way of pulling at your heartstrings and cheering them on. This is a dark fantasy, fairytale-like story that I would recommend for middle grade to adult readers. Happy reading!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! OF SALT & SHORE by Annet Schaap was a creative story that starts where The Little Mermaid fairy tale ends. Schaap’s writing is gorgeous and poetic. The story a similar feel to the novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I enjoyed the characters’ personalities and determination. The story flows brilliantly from chapter to chapter and ends in the most beautiful way. It is also left open and I hope there will be a second book. The illustrations are lovely and appropriate to the plot. I 📚 Hello Book Friends! OF SALT & SHORE by Annet Schaap was a creative story that starts where The Little Mermaid fairy tale ends. Schaap’s writing is gorgeous and poetic. The story a similar feel to the novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I enjoyed the characters’ personalities and determination. The story flows brilliantly from chapter to chapter and ends in the most beautiful way. It is also left open and I hope there will be a second book. The illustrations are lovely and appropriate to the plot. I was charmed by Lampie, the main character. This is a middle-grade book that can be enjoyed by adults as well. If you enjoyed The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, you would want to read this story to discover what might have happened when the fairy tale ended. I totally recommend it. 🙋🏼‍♀️ Thank you, CHARLESBRIDGE for sending me an advanced copy of this whimsical book. OF SALT & SHORE by Annet Schaap is now available at your favourite bookstore. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #bookphotography #ofsaltandshore #annetschaap #bookreview

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dakota

    I received a review copy of this book through NetGalley in return for my honest thoughts. Okay, wow. I have never read a twist on a fairy tale that felt more like its own story (granted I haven't read a lot of them) but Annet Schaap does an amazing job of this. This story follows our main character, Lampie, and her experience with having to abandon everything she knows and finding who and what everything around her really is. She learns to read, to write, to be a hero. Genuinely I did not expect t I received a review copy of this book through NetGalley in return for my honest thoughts. Okay, wow. I have never read a twist on a fairy tale that felt more like its own story (granted I haven't read a lot of them) but Annet Schaap does an amazing job of this. This story follows our main character, Lampie, and her experience with having to abandon everything she knows and finding who and what everything around her really is. She learns to read, to write, to be a hero. Genuinely I did not expect to love this story as much as I do. Lampie is such a likeable character, and although it is loosely a twist on The Little Mermaid, it is completely it's own entity. The pacing was amazingly perfect, and every twist I did not expect. It is a little on the heavier side (more of the dark, "realistic" mermaids rather than friendly) but wow that is exactly what this story needed. I would highly recommend this to anyone who really likes The Little Mermaid but wants to step outside of their comfort zone. Wow.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Octothorpe Reader Leora K

    Of Salt and Shore by Annet Schaap My Rating: ##/2 Middle-grade, dark fairytale, mermaids, pirates, friendship – what is not to love? What promised to be a dark, twisty and fun read, fell completely flat. There is an element of magic missing from this story. Even though Lampie, Martha, and Lenny are likable characters, they are completely boring. The rest of the cast is mean, vindictive and utterly unlikable. The book starts slow, picks up pace slightly, becomes a bit weird and scary and tappers off Of Salt and Shore by Annet Schaap My Rating: ##/2 Middle-grade, dark fairytale, mermaids, pirates, friendship – what is not to love? What promised to be a dark, twisty and fun read, fell completely flat. There is an element of magic missing from this story. Even though Lampie, Martha, and Lenny are likable characters, they are completely boring. The rest of the cast is mean, vindictive and utterly unlikable. The book starts slow, picks up pace slightly, becomes a bit weird and scary and tappers off into boring and confusing again. The writing is inconsistent, jumping from middle-grade narration to adult narration. I don’t believe this book is written for middle-grade pupils. This book might be more suitable as a middle-grade read for adult readers. #OfSaltandShore #NetGalley

  8. 4 out of 5

    Klara Gonciarz

    such a beautiful, enchanting read about acceptance, ability to forgive, being different. not only is it a valuable publication for the younger readers, but it is a treasure of an experience for the adults and older audience as well; through her pure, charming writing, the author, in not so obvious way, speaks up about some crucial topics that involve embracing one's true self, tolerance and understanding of others, fairness instead of prejudice and so on. what is more, subtle illustrations and t such a beautiful, enchanting read about acceptance, ability to forgive, being different. not only is it a valuable publication for the younger readers, but it is a treasure of an experience for the adults and older audience as well; through her pure, charming writing, the author, in not so obvious way, speaks up about some crucial topics that involve embracing one's true self, tolerance and understanding of others, fairness instead of prejudice and so on. what is more, subtle illustrations and the overall skilful graphic design of the book are truly marvellous, out of this world and make the whole experience even more pleasant and extraordinary.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Margaret McCulloch-Keeble

    I'll be honest, at first I thought this might be a bit old fashioned and too traditional for me. When I finished it......? I hugged it. This was just enchanting, absolutely enchanting. It's got everything....derring do, adventure, monsters, pirates, injustice, bearded ladies and a decent hero who just happens to be a girl. Fantastic from start to finish. I will undoubtedly recommend this to the kids at school. I'll be honest, at first I thought this might be a bit old fashioned and too traditional for me. When I finished it......? I hugged it. This was just enchanting, absolutely enchanting. It's got everything....derring do, adventure, monsters, pirates, injustice, bearded ladies and a decent hero who just happens to be a girl. Fantastic from start to finish. I will undoubtedly recommend this to the kids at school.

  10. 5 out of 5

    SpoonfulofHygge

    Happy publication day! Annet Shaap's novel is published in the english language, translated from the dutch, today and I could not possibly not recommend this book! It is quite obvious why this debut novel has already won 4 awards including the best Dutch children's book of the year for 2018. I loved the premise of it, mermaids, pirates, lighthouses, monsters.. which is why I requested it from #Netgalley in the first place. And it did not dissappoint. In fact, it suprised me on how well the author Happy publication day! Annet Shaap's novel is published in the english language, translated from the dutch, today and I could not possibly not recommend this book! It is quite obvious why this debut novel has already won 4 awards including the best Dutch children's book of the year for 2018. I loved the premise of it, mermaids, pirates, lighthouses, monsters.. which is why I requested it from #Netgalley in the first place. And it did not dissappoint. In fact, it suprised me on how well the author weaved in some very important topics all the while keeping it middle grade friendly in without simplifying them. Trigger warnings to be inserted here are child abuse and neglect. Very atmospheric setting, quite a darker and sadder story than I expected but beautiful nonetheless, clever character development and just stunning illustrations! Annet Shaap is known in the Netherlands especially due to her illustrations skills and one can clearly see why! I thought the translation was beautifully executed but I would gladly re-read this in Dutch as I always love reading books in their original language if possible. So a Middle Grade book like this sounds like it fits like a glove for that as my Dutch is quite dusty! Loved the main character called Lampie and I felt like I wanted to hug her so many times throughout the story which examines the sometimes darker side of human nature that is weary about the 'different' and 'unknown'. Very important to have these books nowadays when these matters have become all the more relevant and prominent and I hope it continues that way in all possible genres and target groups. Thank you Netgalley and Charlesbridge Publications for sending me the eArc in an exchange for an honest review. #spoonfulofhygge #ofsaltandshore #netgalley #happypublicationday #publicationday #bookpublicationday #charlesbridge #annetshaap #middlegrade #middlegradebook #2020books #under4k #swedishbookstagram #bookstagram #bookworm #bookstaengaged #bookstadragons #islandbookshelves #queerbookfeatures

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

    I read the original Dutch version of this story called Lampje. As far as I can tell it is published in English under two different names, last year as Lampie and the Children of the Sea , and this year it will be published as Of Salt and Shore If you are interested in slightly surreal middle grade fantasy stories, I would recommend this. It is about mermaids, and is written in a very enchanting and atmospheric way. It is difficult to describe the style, but it felt different than most other storie I read the original Dutch version of this story called Lampje. As far as I can tell it is published in English under two different names, last year as Lampie and the Children of the Sea , and this year it will be published as Of Salt and Shore If you are interested in slightly surreal middle grade fantasy stories, I would recommend this. It is about mermaids, and is written in a very enchanting and atmospheric way. It is difficult to describe the style, but it felt different than most other stories for this age group I have read. I would definitely recommend it if the summary seems interesting to you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    DNF at 60% While the story is at times intriguing, it doesn't really flow and the translation isn't done well so it's making the reading experience frustrating (while every word makes sense individually, the context of sentences together have been contradictory or nonsensical). A few examples that stuck out to me: -one male character is described as having stubble on his face but then in the next sentence is described in a way that clearly shows he is still a young child. -there is a scene where one DNF at 60% While the story is at times intriguing, it doesn't really flow and the translation isn't done well so it's making the reading experience frustrating (while every word makes sense individually, the context of sentences together have been contradictory or nonsensical). A few examples that stuck out to me: -one male character is described as having stubble on his face but then in the next sentence is described in a way that clearly shows he is still a young child. -there is a scene where one character says "i'll show her to the door" but then the scene continues with that person being offered coffee or tea.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Manon

    I'm giving this one the benefit of the doubt. This was a weird story, and not necessarily in a good way. The thing that bugged me most was the constant pov change and the writing style. Unfortunately these two pulled me out of my flow, and I ended up not really enjoying it as much as I'd hoped. I'm giving this one the benefit of the doubt. This was a weird story, and not necessarily in a good way. The thing that bugged me most was the constant pov change and the writing style. Unfortunately these two pulled me out of my flow, and I ended up not really enjoying it as much as I'd hoped.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette

    + Written with a lot of heart. + It's a children's book that dares to deal with heavy topics: loss, regrets, apathetic adults, self-image and belonging. + Page-turner. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Finished the story in just a few days. + Written with a lot of heart. + It's a children's book that dares to deal with heavy topics: loss, regrets, apathetic adults, self-image and belonging. + Page-turner. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Finished the story in just a few days.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Earle

    Such a sweet book Combo of little mermaid and Beauty and the beast. The story is never what you expect An absolute delight

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC This was so much fun to read! The atmosphere created in this book was indeed like a fairytale. This book has reminded me very often of childrens classics. I would say Lampie deserves a seat on a table with Alice and Dorothy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jaya Touch

    TERRIBLE TOOK TOO LONG FOR THE CLIMAX DO NOT RECOMMEND STREAM WASHING MACHINE HEART

  18. 5 out of 5

    ✨Emily | Procrastinating • Bibliophile

    Lampie and the Children of the Sea (alternatively titled in English Of Salt and Shore) follows Lampie, the lighthouse keeper’s young daughter. Every day Lampie is tasked with lighting the lamp in the lighthouse to prevent ships from smashing into the rocks. But she has a penchant for forgetfulness which leads to a shipwreck. And so this leads her onto a strang and mysterious adventure awaits within the dusty halls of the Black House where a monster is rumoured to live. However, what she disc Lampie and the Children of the Sea (alternatively titled in English Of Salt and Shore) follows Lampie, the lighthouse keeper’s young daughter. Every day Lampie is tasked with lighting the lamp in the lighthouse to prevent ships from smashing into the rocks. But she has a penchant for forgetfulness which leads to a shipwreck. And so this leads her onto a strang and mysterious adventure awaits within the dusty halls of the Black House where a monster is rumoured to live. However, what she discovers is far more strange and magical than what she bargained for. This book was translated from Dutch by Laura Watkinson. Firstly, I have to commend Watkinson on her translation as I believe she did an excellent job in conveying the atmosphere this story deserved. This was such a beautiful, magical middle-grade story about unlikely yet heart-warming friendships, complex family dynamics and finding your place in the world. There are certain elements readers may want to be aware of, such as parental abuse, death of a parent and a child with special needs. The story was set in a seaside town with a dangerous rock formation, a lonely lighthouse on the outskirts of the town and a mysterious house on the cliff. We had an assortment of interesting and distinct characters; from a spirited child to a nosy self-centred school teacher to a cranky maid with a silent son and an absent groundskeeper. And of course, there's always the monster. Lampie was such a precious and innocent child who really saw the best out of people. I love her determination and the way she found joy in the little things in life. Her relationship with her father was rather rocky in the beginning but I was really happy that, by the end, they were able to start being a family once again. Lampie's interactions with the people around her were so wholesome. This book, in a nutshell, was rather wholesome yet with some sad undertones. The "monster" was more magical and more human than I expected. I love the bond that developed between Lampie and our so-called monster. Albeit they were quite hard on each other in the beginning, the friendship that blossomed, in the end, was incredibly precious. And I loved how they each taught the other something special, and helped one another find where they each belong. This book reminded me of a mix of Malamander by Thomas Taylor with the eerie quality of the seaside town, and the atmosphere and tone of The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. The overall plot was predictable, but as an older reader that isn't really something to criticise on. I loved the direction the story took and the messages, both obvious and those you end between the lines, this story said. Overall, I would highly recommend middle-grade readers to definitely give this story a go!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katy Kelly

    The Secret Garden as a fantasy fairy tale 4.5 stars I'm not a huge fan of fantasy stories, but sometimes there's an aspect that really appeals to me. Here it was the similarities I saw halfway through to Hodgson Burnett's classic, which I've just listened to with my son. Lampie's mother has died, not long ago. Her lighthouse keeper father, himself a former sailor, is not coping well and with a leg injury, has his daughter take on more and more of his chores. After accidentally causing a shipwreck The Secret Garden as a fantasy fairy tale 4.5 stars I'm not a huge fan of fantasy stories, but sometimes there's an aspect that really appeals to me. Here it was the similarities I saw halfway through to Hodgson Burnett's classic, which I've just listened to with my son. Lampie's mother has died, not long ago. Her lighthouse keeper father, himself a former sailor, is not coping well and with a leg injury, has his daughter take on more and more of his chores. After accidentally causing a shipwreck by not having matches to light the lamp on a stormy night, Lampie and her father are separated on bad terms, to work off the debt. She is sent to a big house, with an absent master, harassed and secretive servants, and a reported 'monster'. But is it really a monster, or something much more remarkable? The similarities to 'The Secret Garden' were considerable (there's a Mary, Colin, Martha and even a Dickon of sorts), though the fantasy elements encourage some other themes to be brought out - not just family, friendship and grief, but those of acceptance, diversity and humanity. The nature theme transfers from gardens and growing to the sea. I could feel the period setting quite strongly, particularly at the fair/circus - to contemporary children (who haven't seen The Greatest Showman) the 'freak show' will be quite a new and astonishing idea. Lampie makes a realistic heroine - flawed, but brave and ultimately a good friend. The grief of Lampie and her father is quite heartfelt, the growth of each slowly realised. I ultimately really enjoyed this, it's a Dutch story translated and I never even considered this while reading, there are no issues with language structure or vocabulary. I've always enjoyed Pushkin's publications, and there is a feel of a certain Hans Christian Andersen about this as well. For ages 8-13. With thanks to the publisher for providing a sample reading copy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jemima Pett

    Annet Schaap is a powerful writer. We are tossed and swirled and thoroughly drenched in the opening part of the book. Lampie has to get herself across the causeway and back, all to get a box of matches to light the lighthouse lamp in the coming storm. The storm is also a symbol of the high emotions running inside the lighthouse, between the disabled keeper and his motherless daughter. Lampie is consigned in the most abrupt fashion to a house on the hill where a monster is rumoured to live. In the Annet Schaap is a powerful writer. We are tossed and swirled and thoroughly drenched in the opening part of the book. Lampie has to get herself across the causeway and back, all to get a box of matches to light the lighthouse lamp in the coming storm. The storm is also a symbol of the high emotions running inside the lighthouse, between the disabled keeper and his motherless daughter. Lampie is consigned in the most abrupt fashion to a house on the hill where a monster is rumoured to live. In the normal manner of middle grade books, Lampie finds the secreted boy in the tower, and teaches him to show himself in public. Lampie is a bit too good to be true, as the other characters themselves are melted by her good-heartedness, but somehow this failed to twang my insincerity strings, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Until we got to the fair.  I am allergic to fairs in books. Nothing good ever comes of them, and the plot seemed pretty much laid bare. And actually, once I'd gathered the courage to go back to the book, it was both as predictable as I'd feared, and unpredictable. I enjoyed it, without it becoming all squishy.  And everything happened more or less as you'd expect it to turn out, with the most marvellous writing and a delightful twist. A really heartwarming, rewarding read, even for old cynics like me!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lois (thecarrotstories)

    I'm so glad I picked up this book! It spoke more than any moral lesson could. Originally written in Dutch called Lampje, Of Salt and Shore is a beautiful children literature that inspires friendship and love for our family. It also addresses discrimination and rights for an education in a subtle way. With that, I think this book should be read by people of all age groups. I loved how this book was simply written as a fantasy adventure based on The Little Mermaid where it takes off from when the me I'm so glad I picked up this book! It spoke more than any moral lesson could. Originally written in Dutch called Lampje, Of Salt and Shore is a beautiful children literature that inspires friendship and love for our family. It also addresses discrimination and rights for an education in a subtle way. With that, I think this book should be read by people of all age groups. I loved how this book was simply written as a fantasy adventure based on The Little Mermaid where it takes off from when the mermaid leaves her baby behind with the human and returns to the sea. However, the main character is a girl named Lampie who was brought to this child's house to work after she messes up her father's job by forgetting to light up the lighthouse causing a ship to crash. She then meets this child, a boy who she calls Fish, and they form a bond. I also enjoyed all the characters and the relationship among them, the plot which was very exciting especially towards the end (there was an added hint of mystery), and the setting of a small village. Besides, who doesn't love a retelling? I'm a total sucker for these stories. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Charlesbridge through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Well thank god that is over, this book was CHAOTIC. The plot was all over the place, and terribly confusing. I'm not sure I could even vaguely tell you what this book was about. Well thank god that is over, this book was CHAOTIC. The plot was all over the place, and terribly confusing. I'm not sure I could even vaguely tell you what this book was about.

  23. 5 out of 5

    PJloves2Read

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was a fantastic read that kept me hooked till the very end! It wonderfully narrates the eventful story of a lighthouse keeper’s daughter (Lampie) who is sent in disgrace to work for the admiral in his deserted house in the wilderness. Old folklore has it that in it resides a fearsome monster, and I loved the way how Scaap explores the themes of guilt, loneliness and fear throughout Lampie’s exciting adventure. It was amazing to see how the author touched the raw subject of body image t This book was a fantastic read that kept me hooked till the very end! It wonderfully narrates the eventful story of a lighthouse keeper’s daughter (Lampie) who is sent in disgrace to work for the admiral in his deserted house in the wilderness. Old folklore has it that in it resides a fearsome monster, and I loved the way how Scaap explores the themes of guilt, loneliness and fear throughout Lampie’s exciting adventure. It was amazing to see how the author touched the raw subject of body image through the idea of having a gang of unusual-looking characters (such as a bearded lady), who are mocked at by society, and earn their living by being gawked at. I also thought that the ending was particularly beautiful, and I was extremely impressed by the way feelings and emotions were expressed during the heartfelt reunion of a lonely father and a loving daughter. This story reminded me a lot of The Secret Garden, (by Frances Hodgson Burnett) as both have similar plots. I really enjoyed this thrilling book, and loved the characters so much that I definitely think there should be a sequel!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jude

    Lampie is the daughter of a lighthouse keeper and every night she needs to light the lamp to keep ships safe from the rocks below. Unfortunately one stormy night they have no matches and the lamp doesn't get lit and a ship is wrecked on the rocks. Subsequently Lampie's father is locked in the lighthouse for seven years to tend to the lamp, and Lampie has to go and work as a maid in a large house (also for seven years). The villagers say that a monster lives in the big house but Lampie discovers Lampie is the daughter of a lighthouse keeper and every night she needs to light the lamp to keep ships safe from the rocks below. Unfortunately one stormy night they have no matches and the lamp doesn't get lit and a ship is wrecked on the rocks. Subsequently Lampie's father is locked in the lighthouse for seven years to tend to the lamp, and Lampie has to go and work as a maid in a large house (also for seven years). The villagers say that a monster lives in the big house but Lampie discovers that he is far from a monster. I wasn't sure whether to give this three or four stars but went with four as I enjoyed the craziness of this book full of mermaids, pirates, circus freak shows and a lovely young main character.

  25. 4 out of 5

    UWE Primary English Team

    Dan: WHAT. A. BOOK. I absolutely LOVED this book and was completely and utterly swept up by the story. An absolute gem of a book that is one of my favourites I have read in a long time. Excellent mystery, darkness, sadness and happiness all rolled into a stunning magical realist story which I simply could not get enough of. It has echoes of both The Secret Garden and The Little Mermaid, but is entirely its own wonderful tale! Will be recommending to everyone who will listen!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Liza

    Hi, everyone! I'm working for a Russian website Papmambook.ru dedicated to children's books and children's reading. We've been building the English version of the website. Recently we've published Annet Schaap's interview where she talks about Lampie and the Children of the Sea and the importance of fairytailes. Hi, everyone! I'm working for a Russian website Papmambook.ru dedicated to children's books and children's reading. We've been building the English version of the website. Recently we've published Annet Schaap's interview where she talks about Lampie and the Children of the Sea and the importance of fairytailes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    What a wonderfull, gorgeous story. I now understand why my kids like this one even more than The Neverending story. Read this one,no matter your age!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie Macey

    'The secret garden' meets 'round the twist' *brilliant, eery, endearing, captivating* 'The secret garden' meets 'round the twist' *brilliant, eery, endearing, captivating*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    This is like The Secret Garden but with mermaids and pirates instead, and with characters that I, at least, liked from start to finish (as a pragmatic child, I found it hard to care for any of Frances Hodgson Burnett's insipid and annoying creations.) Billed as a sequel to The Little Mermaid, Of Salt And Shore tells the tale of Lampie, a lighthouse keeper's daughter. Tasked with far too many responsibilities at a young age, she fails to light the great lamp one stormy night, resulting in the bre This is like The Secret Garden but with mermaids and pirates instead, and with characters that I, at least, liked from start to finish (as a pragmatic child, I found it hard to care for any of Frances Hodgson Burnett's insipid and annoying creations.) Billed as a sequel to The Little Mermaid, Of Salt And Shore tells the tale of Lampie, a lighthouse keeper's daughter. Tasked with far too many responsibilities at a young age, she fails to light the great lamp one stormy night, resulting in the breaking of an important ship on the rocks off port. Her father is locked up in the lighthouse as punishment, while she is whisked off to be a servant at The Black House, where a monster supposedly lurks in the tower. Shy, illiterate Lampie arrives to a household in turmoil, and tries her best to be of help to the overwhelmed housekeeper Martha, as well as to Martha's silent, hulking son Lenny and to eccentric Nick who hides out in the garden. But what she really wants is to climb up the tower and look out to sea, to make sure that her father is alright and that the lighthouse beacon still glows when it should. She doesn't believe that there's a monster hiding up there, despite Martha's tight-lipped admonitions... until she sneaks into the tower to look out the windows one night and discovers that something vicious is indeed hiding in the shadows. But Lampie isn't the kind of girl to let a little feral temper get in the way of making friends. With Lenny's help, she coaxes out the monster and sets about trying to solve his problems as well as her own. But the return of the Admiral to whom The Black House belongs may have unintended, even life-shattering consequences for all of its inhabitants and the people they love. This bare bones description of the plot barely scratches the surface of how elegantly written this understated tale is. Younger readers will be charmed by the fairy tale trappings, but adults will appreciate the depictions not only of friends and villains, but also of the difficult relationships our central characters have with abusive fathers and with mothers who left too soon. Ms Schaap is amazing at showing instead of telling, letting her character's actions speak far more loudly than anything else about them. The nuance, for example, of the Admiral's handling of his underling restraining Lenny contrasted so brilliantly with the sheriff's responses in the lighthouse: the Admiral and the sheriff might both be douchebags, but the Admiral isn't just some small-town bigot with a borderline sadistic need for power. More obviously, the juxtapositions of Lampie and the monster's thoughts as they muddle towards understanding were achingly realistic, limning the edges of this whimsical tale with both meaning and pathos, like a silver-lined storm cloud of a story. I was also struck by the way the tale of The Little Mermaid plays out once the yearning sea princess gains everything she thought she ever wanted: it's only a small part of the book, but it underscores the volume's quiet feminism, urging our heroes to be their own people and to be brave. I only hope the neighbor gets to go along, too, at the end, and that Nick finds his happy ending, as well. Oh gosh, I can't remember the last time I wanted to hug so many characters and wish them bon voyage! I definitely want my 9 year-old to read this: he's currently into tales with brave protagonists and this certainly fits the bill! Of Salt and Shore by Annet Schaap (translated so smoothly from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson that I didn't even realize this hadn't been written in English till I went to get my Amazon widget below) was published October 13th, 2020 by Charlesbridge Press and is available from all good booksellers, including Bookshop! Want it now? For the Kindle version, click here.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Reading this book was a breath of fresh air! Adventure, fantasy, pirates, mermaids and monsters - there's plenty within these pages to intrigue readers of all ages. Young Lampie, the lighthouse keeper's daughter, tries her best to take care of her depressed and disabled father since the death of her mother. She walks the stairs each night to light the lamp and knows how important a job it is. But she's still a child and she gets caught up in her thoughts sometimes. When evening is falling and a b Reading this book was a breath of fresh air! Adventure, fantasy, pirates, mermaids and monsters - there's plenty within these pages to intrigue readers of all ages. Young Lampie, the lighthouse keeper's daughter, tries her best to take care of her depressed and disabled father since the death of her mother. She walks the stairs each night to light the lamp and knows how important a job it is. But she's still a child and she gets caught up in her thoughts sometimes. When evening is falling and a bad storm is starting, she realizes that she forgot to buy more matches to light the lamp. She goes out in what soon becomes a fierce storm to get some from the shop in town, but before she can get back to the lighthouse, the wind has blown her basket with the matches away. In the darkness, a ship crashes upon the rocks. Lampie and her father are told they must repay the cost of the ruined ship. Lampie is taken from her home and placed in the Black Manor, the Admiral's house, to help Martha, the housekeeper. No one from town wants anything to do with the house, or the people in it. Everyone knows a monster lives there, and it's dangerous! Best to stay away altogether. The day Lampie arrives happens to be the day that Joseph, who takes care of the monster, dies. No one else will even consider going upstairs to where the monster lives, so Lampie becomes its new caretaker. What follows is a charming tale of optimism, bravery, discovering what's important and what's not. Old ideas are challenged, friendships are made, differences are exposed, acknowledged and respected. It isn't only Lampie that grows into her own as events unfold. As is true with all fairy tales, there is a dark side to the book. Child abuse, neglect, discrimination, and lechery are at play as well. But goodness wins out because light overtakes the dark and because acts of kindness matter. In fact they matter so much that little acts of kindness can change people and situations; they are so powerful, they can change the world. My thanks to NetGalley and Charlesbridge for granting me access to an ARC of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions stated here are my own. My thanks, also, to the author, for reminding me that I'm never too old to read fairy tales!! This book earns 5 stars from me!

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