The Wonderling

The Wonderling

Book - 2017 | First edition
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In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780763691219
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Bartok, M 2017
Characteristics: 450 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 21 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader MG 5.6 14 191169


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Sep 01, 2018

Story line was Dickensian, I enjoyed it very much and will recommend it to my grandson. Parts of the story were a intense, sobering for a child but would be appropriate for mature middle grade readers as well as adults.

CRRLKids May 25, 2018

A debut children's book, The Wonderling is a wonderful cross between the gentle innocence of Peter Rabbit tales and the action-packed allure of the Redwall series. Thirteen, a one-eared fox with an acute sense of hearing, is born into a life of drudgery; he and all the other groundlings (small, land dwelling creatures) must endure tedious lessons of servitude from the tyrannical Ms. Carbunkle. Trinket, a bird, befriends Thirteen and bestows upon him the name Arthur, named after the hero from the Arthurian legends whose legacy the one-eared fox must strive to live up to. The illustrations add much to this tender tale of adventure of friendship.

The Wonderling is an interesting book full of dynamic creatures and characters. It stars Arthur AKA number thirteen, a young one eared fox who has outstanding hearing abilities and a passion for music that no one can really explain-as he has never heard much beyond the Home. The Home is run by the evil Miss.Carbunkle who uses the orphans to build strange items everyday and make their overall lives miserable. Arthur joined by his friend Trinket as they are determined to find a way out of the Home and learn more about the world outside they don't know anything about.

I like this book as it's very well written despite having a children fairytale tone. The characters are realistic and fun to root for. Arthur himself is an interesting person and the setting makes it feel like we're exploring with him in this fictional world. It's quite long spanning 400 pages and I honestly feel like some of it can be shortened down to make a concise and stronger story. Overall I rate this book a 7/10



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