Down the Mysterly River
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|Format:||Hardcover, 336 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrated|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 September 2011|
"Down the Mysterly River" is the children's book debut of Willingham, the creator of the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling graphic novel series Fables. Complete with illustrations by Fables artist Buckingham, this title is a spirited, highly original tale of adventure, suspense, and everlasting friendship.
About the Author
BILL WILLINGHAM is the critically-acclaimed, award-winning creator of several iconic comic book series, including the bestselling Fables franchise. In 2003, its first year of publication, "Fables" won the prestigious Eisner award for Best New Series, and has gone on to win fourteen Eisners to date. Bill lives in the wild and frosty woods of Minnesota.MARK BUCKINGHAM has been working in comics professionally for the past twenty two years, building a reputation for design, storytelling and a chameleon like diversity of art styles. Since 2002 Mark has been the regular artist on Fables, working with its writer and creator Bill Willingham, for which they have earned numerous comic industry awards.
Praise for the works of Bill Willingham: Winner of 14 Eisner Awards2003 Eisner Award for Best New Series2004 YALSA Quick Picks Selection for Reluctant Young Adult Readers2007 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection2009 Best Writer Eisner for writing on Fables and House of Mystery2009 Hugo nomination for Best Graphic Story "Eisner-winning comics creator Willingham (the Fables series) makes his middle-grade debut with an action-packed and often touching novel...that explores the nature of characters and authorship...The end result is a stellar example of a novel working both as an adventure tale and as metafiction."--Starred review, "Publishers Weekly""""Willingham's Fables comics tapped into the deep fairy-tale structures in my psyche and never let go. Now, "Down the Mysterly River "finally delivers the same opportunity for younger readers. Lucky them!"--Cory Doctorow, "New York"" Times "bestselling author of "Little Brother"
Gr 5-8-Twelve-year-old Max awakens to find himself in unfamiliar woods with no memory of how he got there. Fortunately, he's a boy scout, and a detective to boot, so he's quite prepared to solve the mystery. As his quest ensues, Max befriends an array of talking animals: Banderbrock, the warrior badger; MacTavish, the cantankerous tom cat; and Walden, the good-natured bear. Dick Hill provides a distinctive voice and accent for each character and captures the appropriate persona. Bill Willingham's story (Starscape, 2011) reads like an old-fashioned childhood classic, with a setting somewhere between The Hundred Acre Wood and The Yellow Brick Road with a smidge of Kipling's Just So Stories. Middle school listeners, especially boys, will be drawn into the adventure and should be able to handle the bit of violence involved as Max and his party try to outwit the menacing Blue Cutters (with their sharp blades) and make it to the wizard who they believe can give them some answers. It's an interesting tale with a unique and clever twist. Dick Hill's voice is rich and deep, but his rendition seems a bit too deliberate. At times his diction appears forced and he over emphasizes certain syllables, making the listening experience somewhat uncomfortable.-Patricia McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
|Publisher: ||Starscape Books|
|Dimensions: ||21.08 x 14.22 x 3.3 centimeters (0.45 kg)|