Imagine a place where Dust is divine, bears wear armor and no person is ever alone but instead is kept constant companion by an animal-shaped dæmon. Welcome to Philip Pullman’s world. It’s so magical and imaginative that it entices the reader like a candy house lures lost children in the woods and yet it feels so familiar that the reader is instantly at home. Add one of the most vile villains in all of children’s literature and you have The Golden Compass, the first book in Philip Pullman’s amazing . . . (say it with me) TRILOGY. It is a beautifully written book that is great for any kid who can sit through nearly four hundred pages. Be warned, though, that the evil deeds done by the story’s villain can be heart-wrenching, especially to sensitive kids (and adults).