Bill Willingham is a storytelling genius. No, really, it’s true. I fell head-over-heels in love with his writing when I picked up Peter & Max, and since then I’ve been through eight of his FABLES graphic novel compilations. I was very excited to read that he was releasing a middle grade novel – Down the Mysterly River. I’d like to pass on my ARC to one of you lovely blog readers. Of course, it’s been lightly read (once), but is in otherwise sparkling condition!
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.
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…
Giveaway: one ARC of Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham’s Down the Mysterly River. Open internationally, will end July 31st at 11:59pm EST. To enter, simply fill out the FORM. Winner will be selected randomly and notified via email.