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Down the Mysterly River (Anglais)

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 LET'S HEAR IT FOR MAX! 22 juin 2011
Par David Keymer - Publié sur
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
"Max the Wolf was a wolf in exactly the same way that foothills are made up of real feet and a tiger shark is part tiger, which is to say, not at all. Max was in fact a boy, between twelve and thirteen years old, and entirely human. He was dressed in a Boy Scout uniform."

Thus begins the adventures of Max the Wolf, not a wolf at all, as the author clarifies at the beginning of this book, but an earnest, resourceful young Boy Scout, who is prepared for every eventuality and always carries in his pockets his Lost Kit -"a dozen strike-anywhere matches, a candle, a roll of fishing line with two hooks, a few bandages in sterile wrappings, and a needle and thread," with a length of twine wrapped tightly around the outside of the watertight package- and trusty Boy Scout knife.

The story Willingham narrates is utterly charming. I use the word "charming" in both senses: what happens in this small scale odyssey is both charming to read and seems, somehow, to have come about through some kind of magical charm, certainly not through any form of ordinary Boy Scout logic. Max finds himself in a forest where the animals, even a tree, talk back to him, and he has no memory how he got there. He gains companions: a badger who boasts a lot but is ferocious in battle, a brown bear who is easily distracted by the prospect of food of any kind, and a foul-tempered old tomcat with one eye missing, raggle-taggle fur and scars decorating his body. Pursuing them are the Blue Cutters, equipped with magical swords that do terrible things to the creatures they are used on.

There are a few early passages in the book that struck this reviewer as just on the edge of being cute, perhaps imitative of Tolkien's The Hobbit. But these (minor) blemishes quickly disappear and the narrative builds momentum. What is left is a wholly engrossing story, filled with adventure and with a cast of heroes you come to cheer for. A wholly unanticipated ending wraps everything up with a twist.

This is the first children's book written by award-winning graphic novelist Bill Willingham and it's a clear winner. Mark Buckingham's pen and ink drawings add to the book's charm, especially his drawing of McTavish the Monster, the cranky old tomcat who's always looking for a fight. I hope I get the chance to meet Max again. Preferably soon.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fictional Folks 21 juin 2001
Par Brian Clopper - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I read this book in under 3 days. It's a marvelous fantasy with a bigger message on creativity. I encourage any who dreamed of putting pen to paper and writing a novel to pick up "Mysterly." You'll love the sheer joy that shines through as the writer crafts his tale. It's rare to see an author show such affection toward his gifted characters.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 My son liked it more than I did 26 août 2011
Par Georgia Mom - Publié sur
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
This book has an interesting premise (spoiler alert). Max the Wolf is a boyscout who wakes up in a seemingly familar but unknown place, with only certain memories. He meets up with a few talking animals who become his friends. He and his pals are being hunted by people called Blue Cutters. These Blue Cutters carry big swords that have the ability to cut their victims into new creatures/people for no apparent reason. The new friends discover they must get to one of the Wizards lands to be safe from the cutters and so the we begin a story of adventure that kept my 9 year old son thoroughly engaged. In the end three of the 4 friends makes it safely to the Wizards land to discover the Wizard is just the writer of max the Wolf stories, who has died. The writers death meant that his characters come over to this new land and now can experience free will. I thought the whole premise was unique but also a bit stretched, however my son bought into it completely and loved it. It also inspired a desire in him to want to read the original books the characters came from (and they are from other writer's books).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exciting and thought-provoking 7 janvier 2003
Par Sarah Reed - Publié sur
Format: Broché
While the publisher's summary may make it sound like a children's book, I have discovered that its adventures are as exciting as they are thought-provoking. Every page fills the reader with questions. And every time a question is answered, more rise up to fill its place. While young readers will surely enjoy the adventure, older readers will enjoy its deeply probing questions of life, freedom and originality.
I bought this book after reading Bill's comic series Fables, and I'm glad I did. If anyone enjoys this book, then you will enjoy Fables (or vice versa). The first 5 issues have been collecting into a trade paperback called Fables: Legends in Exile, which can also be found on amazon. Coincidently, this first story arc is a murder mystery.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid fantasy for young readers, if not exactly groundbreaking 12 décembre 2012
Par Ars Legendi - Publié sur
I admit, I got turned off by the political overtones of the book's dedication. Which, of course, led to a brief foray into researching Willingham's politics, and that's exactly the sort of dangerous nonsense that forever ruined Orson Scott Card's work for me. Since I enjoyed reading Willingham's Fables comic so much, though, I let all of that go and successfully called upon my librarian superpower of bias-free reading. I ended up being a little unimpressed, personally, but I think this would be perfect for middle-grade readers.

This is a fairly standard adventure tale, with a couple of added perks: it has a nicely crafted fantasy element, and a metafictional twist that felt a bit clumsy but is still extremely clever. The talking animals are by far the best characters; I'd read an entire book about McTavish. Once I was able to dismiss the ham-fisted political overtones in the villains, I found them chilling and fascinating. The story is put together well, and the ending is extraordinarily moving and satisfying. Things get surprisingly violent during the action scenes, considering the juvenile and light-hearted tone of the rest of the book, but Willingham obviously does this on purpose. After all, the whole point of the story is the resourcefulness of a determined boy in the face of the unknown, and the spiritual dangers of Bowdlerizing. Besides, what is a good adventure yarn without some blood, guts, and danger?

But that leads in to the biggest problem I had with the book, which is Willingham's tendency to over-explain. He trusts his young readers with the content and the message, but he doesn't seem to trust that they will pick up the subtext, and thus he places unnecessary elaboration all over the narration. Besides being thematically inconsistent, it tends to bone the pace of the book. The story is solid and exciting, and the writing level is simple and perfectly age-appropriate, so I wish the telling was slimmed down a little bit in favor of the showing.

Overall, though, this was a quick, fun read. It's a sure bet for kids and younger teens who like mystery and fantasy, especially if they've already got a taste for anthropomorphic animal heroes.
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