This was a nice story, and a lot different from the animated movie,and this surprised me, because I really liked the movie and in my experience, the book is typically better. If you are not familiar with the story, it is more of a young adult read, and filled with fantasy, magic and good humor. The main character, Sophie, is well-played out in the book, as are Howl and the other characters. I really appreciated the imagination put into this, that included the seven-league boots, and the door that you could use to go to one of four different places. Highly recommended.