Every resident of the planet Yipsmix has synesthesia—they don’t just hear sounds; they see and taste them, too. On this unusual planet, poor Jaq Rollop must save his family’s farm. To do so, Jaq is forced to sell his beloved pet and only friend. Trusting and na.ve, Jaq gets swindled into trading his pet for a seemingly worthless key. But then something very strange happens. The key leads Jaq through a wormhole to a terrifying and magical land full of riches, overwhelming sensations, and giants. The name of this frightening land? Earth. This clever middle-grade fantasy will appeal to fans of the Sisters Grimm, A Tale Dark & Grimm, and the Land of Stories series.
"Cleverly told, this original take on a classic tale uses an unconventional setting to explore universal emotions. Hand this to fans of whimsical retellings."School Library Journal
"An interesting author’s note explains how Grau grew up with misophonia and wants kids with neurological differences to be able to see themselves in books... the descriptions of synesthesia (and how it might be understood on a planet where all have it) are compelling and memorable."Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This remixed fairy tale, complete with a happy ending, is at once heart-wrenching, clever, and satisfying."Booklist