Although this book is advertised as a "paperback," the word "pamphlet" would be better. It looks like someone's self-published book of poetry -- it's barely 20 pages long and can be read in about 15 minutes. It's not a bad story line, but, unless you are very familiar with some of de Lint's earlier works, this is going to be confusing. The whole story would fit a lot better into an anthology of fiction. The illustrations are somewhat scary and didn't really fit the story that well. I frankly felt that this "book" did not live up to de Lint's normal standard.