Why did I love this book?
This feels like a fairy tale, of sorts. A curious feel to it. It is touching and evocative and strange - in that good and compelling way. Larky Mavis is somehow an endearing outcast in her small village. Is she a gypsy, is she homeless? The village sees her as socially unacceptable. Not “normal.” It would be interesting to hear the child reader’s take. I would guess a child would relate to Larky’s guilelessness - her open heart and her trust in others. Larky finds 3 peanuts. She does not eat the third one because she sees a baby inside. Perhaps a metaphor for seeing the potential in life if one’s heart is open enough. She shares her delightful discovery with others from town.
These individuals feel they are more the expert in knowing what is inside this peanut. One declares it a worm, another a mouse, another a deformed bat/bird, and finally, a dragon. What happens is surprising and breathtaking every time I read the book. Read it. I dare you to not be affected deeply.