Isn’t there an anime by the exact same title? This was written in 1986, though, so I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the anime is based on this story. I’ve never seen it, so I wouldn’t know.On the scale of 1 to 10, I’ll give this book a 5. There is a point to it, but it’s not interesting enough. It’s not that well-written either. The main characters are so-so, and it’s pretty obvious from the beginning that Sophie and Howl will eventually wind up together. I kind of blanked out toward the end cause I just wanted to get the book over with.