Book Review: Children of the Wild
A breathtaking historical fantasy placed in a rich setting reminiscent of Tuck Everlasting with whimsical magic like the films of Hayao Miyazaki.
Is magic a gift... or a curse?
In a quaint early 20th century farm town, young Elbert enjoys his ordinary life with his ordinary family.
Or so he thinks. One day, a burning sensation digs into his chest, gentle breezes chafe his skin, and water stings. Soon, feathers sprout across his body.
He discovers magic in the hills, mighty creatures lurking near the river. And Elbert might be one of them. But only he can decide whether to grow the magic spark within himself or let it snuff out.
This poignant story follows a boy struggling with self doubt and grief, and the ones who give him hope enough to break a curse.
Children of the Wild is a charming and magical read! I really felt for Elbert. He really evolved through the progression of this story with a range of emotions. Every single emotion was felt and understood. This book is one that the whole family could read together and enjoy.
To be honest, I was not sure what Elbert was turning into with his physical change but as it was revealed, I thought it suited him well. Even as he better understood what the change meant; he embraced it. He realized that being different is not a bad thing and makes him unique. The other cast of characters that he encountered were endearing.