Writing about Howl’s Moving Castle is an enormous pleasure. Howl and Sophie are so real you wish the book could swallow you up and take right into Market Chipping. It’s completely satisfying. How many books have you read that you can say that about?Sophie as an old lady is the Best Character Ever!!! She’s feisty and maddening and easy to empathize with all at once. And the best thing about the book is that when I read about Howl showing up for the first time I see him floating from roof to roof like in the movie. And the background music from the movie starts playing in my head. You could almost pretend that they were all real:).