If you’ve been around here any length of time, you know I adore the graphic novel series FABLES, by Bill Willingham. If you haven’t read them yet, what the heck are you waiting for?
Two years ago, I read Willingham’s first “novel” novel, Peter & Max and I really loved it. I even got my hubby to read it and he loved it too! And that NEVER happens. So, when I saw someone was reading DOWN THE MYSTERLY RIVER the other day on Twitter, I just about fell out of my chair! And then promptly looked it up.
Max “the Wolf” is a top-notch Boy Scout, an expert at orienteering, and a master of being prepared. So it is a little odd that he suddenly finds himself, with no recollection of his immediate past, lost in an unfamiliar wood. Even odder still, he encounters a badger named Banderbrock, a black bear named Walden, and McTavish the Monster (who might also be an old barn cat) — all of whom talk—and who are as clueless as Max.
Before long, Max and his friends are on the run from a relentless group of hunters and their deadly hounds. Armed with powerful blue swords and known as the Blue Cutters, these hunters capture and change the very essence of their prey. For what purpose, Max can’t guess. But unless he can solve the mystery of the strange forested world he’s landed in, Max may find himself and his friends changed beyond recognition, lost in a lost world. . . .
Down the Mysterly River is the children’s book debut of Bill Willingham, the creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Fables. Complete with illustrations by Fables artist Mark Buckingham, it is a spirited, highly original tale of adventure, suspense, and everlasting friendship.
“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
Yep. I gotta have it. As soon as it is published, it will be mine. I think I’ll go ahead and preorder it. Like, right now.