I may be a little obsessed with Margaret Wild books here lately. I picked up another one the other day due to it’s interesting title which is misspelled along with an eerie looking cover. After starting the story I realized that many of the words are misspelled in the book which really adds to the darkness. You can read my review below…
The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and a boy named Ben is stuck in a house with barely any food or water. He’s scared of the outside world and believes that there are Woolvs waiting outside to get him.
“And soon they will Kum.
They will Kum for me and for yoo
and for yor bruthers and sisters.
yor muthers and fathers. yor arnts and unkils.
yor grandfathers and grandmuthers.
No won is spared.”
He lives in an apartment building with an elderly woman named Mrs. Radinski and once saved by her, he now must return the favor and conquer his fears by leaving the building in which he resides to locate her.
The misspelled and sketched words along with the black and watercolor illustrations add to the dismalness of the story.
Once again, Margaret Wild never ceases to amaze me with her powerful writing. The message this book sends is to be brave and overcome your fears. Never be afraid and take control of your life. This book is best suited for older children 6 grade and up. It’s content is too difficult for younger readers.
About the Author:
Margaret Wild has written more than seventy books and has been published around the world. Her numerous awards and distinctions include the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Jenny Angel, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas; The Very Best of Friends, illustrated by Julie Vivas; and Fox, illustrated by Ron Brooks. In 2008 she received the Nan Chauncy Award for an outstanding contribution to children’s literature in Australia. A Bit of Company and Going Home, illustrated by Wayne Harris, were published in 2009 by Walker Books Australia as part of the Walker Classic series. Margaret Wild was the winner of the 2011 Lady Cutler Award. –Goodreads