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Book Review: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

 Hello Readers & Friends,

Today I'm not just reviewing Wildwood, but talking about why I enjoy reading Middle Grade titles every now and again - especially fantasy ones. 

I would be lying if I said I didn't pick up Wildwood mostly because of it's cover, but an endorsement from my childhood companion, Lemony Snicket, on the cover sold me over. There is something about these strange, whimsical, middle-grade stories that I really love. They are so much more magical than Adult or YA fantasy somehow, their descriptions so strange and everything so innocent.

In Wildwood, we have 12-year-old heroine Prue, whose baby brother has been stolen from a park by a murder of crows and dropped into the magical Wildwood. Prue goes on a mission to find him, and finds herself in the middle of a political woodland war, where coyotes dressed as soldiers are fighting bandits, and birds can fly children on their backs like dragons, and badgers drive tuk-tuks around offering lifts. This is the sort of silly magical escapism that children appreciate, and I like to delve into this sort of reading again to remind myself what it's like to be so young and full of imagination. It's why Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite books, and, of course, Enid Blyton's The Faraway Tree series.

Other, modern favourites that instil the same sense of wonder and easy enjoyment are the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness and Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I like looking at relationships through the eyes of children, totally innocent and plutonic. Once you get into slightly older territory, romantic relationships tend to be at the root of most novels whereas Middle Grade still emphasises the values of plutonic trust, friendship and loyalty in a very endearing, sweet way.

Whilst I wouldn't like to read too much Middle Grade, I do find that every now and again when you need something nice and easy for some nostalgic escapism, picking up a fantasy like Wildwood is just what you need. 

What do you think?
Love,

C x 

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