The Inquisitor’s Tale, or, The three magic children and their holy dog is great storytelling told through a rather unique method. The story opens on a story collector (think reporter/journalist) in an Inn (bar) in the mid 1200s in France. He has heard stories that the King of France is searching for three magic children and a magic dog whom he wants to capture and kill. Various people in the Inn know of the children, and begin to tell their stories, piecing together a long tale of the three magic children; how they came to be, to meet, and what they have done in their travels and adventures.
This is going to be one of my highest recommendations to come out of this reading log this Fall. I listened to the audiobook and I cannot express what great storytelling it is. Each person with a tale is voiced by different people, and at times when the story collector (the Inquisitor) interrupts for clarification, his narrator takes the audience back to the Inn. Some characters, like the Nun, tell multiple tales, so it makes it clear to know who’s perspective the stories are coming from when you can’t flip back to the chapter heading for a reminder. This is the kind of audiobook I look for when I want a “full-cast.” This is the kind of audiobook I could put into a 6 disc changer and lose track of the day to. In fact, I did just that in my 5-disc changer stereo one weekend while my mother and I made our traditional Christmas cookies.
The story is adventurous, funny, suspenseful, and downright wonderful. The audiobook would make an incredible listen for a family traveling together for the holidays or any other road trip. I think you would be hard-pressed to find someone who would not enjoy this story. For fans of Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Do yourself a favor, and grab this title. It will make you a believer in the power of audiobooks. Do it.
Gidwitz, A. (2016). The inquisitor’s tale, or, The three magic children and their holy dog. New York: Dutton Children’s Book.