Book 57 is La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman.
Having never read The Golden Compass, I picked up this book because everyone was excited about it. Yes, yes, I didn't ask why they were excited.
This is obviously a very well established and thought through world and that came across in this famous prequel. I didn't feel I was missing anything except maybe nostalgia in picking this up first.
On of my next series will have to be His Dark Materials, for sure.
5 spirit animals out of 5.
Should I read this? This would suit most ages and fiction appetites, so yes.
What did I learn? I need to read the children's classics that I missed.