Story books for children: Wildwood


Wildwood by Colin Meloy is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended story books for children. Melissa Gaynor explains why:

“What You Need to Know:

• A brave young girl and her friend enter a mysterious new world to rescue her little brother.
• Battles are fought, weapons are used and people and animals die in this story.
• The main character’s parents explain the troubles they had when trying to conceive a baby and the unconventional bargain they made in order to have her.
• There are challenging words like desiccated, melee, pious supplication, eschewing, sigil, and rune.
• The author is the singer for the band, The Decemberists.


Imagine an elaborate world with talking birds and animals, political unrest, and an evil Governess ready to destroy everything and everyone. Now imagine it exists down the street and in plain sight, hidden only by trees and a label on a map which reads “Impassable Wilderness”. That’s pretty much what twelve year-old Prue discovers in this tale about bravery, loyalty and making choices. Prue had always heeded her parents’ warning and had never ventured across the river to the “Impassable Wilderness” until the day a “murder” of crows appears out of nowhere and sweeps Mac, her brother, off into that wooded area. When Prue decides to go after them to rescue Mac, she, and her unexpected companion, Curtis, find themselves in a society on the verge of chaos. As they immerse themselves into this culture, they also discover who they really are and what they’re capable of doing.”

Have your children read Wildwood? What did they think of the book?

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