Henry jerked awake and squinted
in the light. At first, he wasn't sure why he was awake. He didn't need to
use the bathroom, his arms weren't asleep, and he wasn't hungry. He
couldn't have been sleeping long.
He sat up. A piece of plaster rolled down his forehead, bounced on the tip
of his nose, and landed on his chest. He ran one hand through his hair,
and more bits of his wall dropped onto his lap. He looked up.
Above him, two small knobs protruded from the plaster of his wall. One of
the knobs was turning, very slightly. A small scraping noise grew until a
final thump rained fine plaster dust down on Henry and his bed.
The main character is Henry York, adopted by Phil and Urs York. When his
parents are taken hostage, Henry Goes to live with his Aunt Dotty and Uncle
Frank in Kansas, where he meets Henrietta, Anastasia, and Penelope. When
Henry hears a tapping sound, and plaster starts to fall off his bedroom wall
to reveal 99 cupboards, Henry's adventure starts.
This book was fairly good although it took a while to really sink my teeth
into it. I did not like that he didn't really explain the Witch and, where
she came from. Also Henrys parents weren't really characters, and it gave no
reasons why they would be taken hostage. I liked how he made the black
cupboard "Endor" dark and mysterious, as if to contradict the warm friendly
post office. The diagram of the cupboards and the list in the front of the
book is really neat.
I give 100 Cupboards three and one-half stars. This book kick starts an
amazing fictional trilogy. It's a great read for kids and is recommended for
readers 8 to 12 years old.