Monday, 10 June 2019

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aitken


"She was afraid that her faint cry would not be heard, but at least one member of the group responded to it. for there was an answering halloo, and a small finger detached itself from the rest and darted forward."


I started reading this aloud to my mother and instantly understood how it could be a children's classic. The initial descriptions of the surrounds and the manner of Miss Slightcarp are so chilling and foreboding that they leave Hitchcock for dead. The very best children's tales are ones that hold as much appeal for the child lying dormant in every adult and this is a perfect exemplar.
I just want to read more.
None of your cotton wool covered, safe children's tales here. This is life and death stuff! Told from a child's perspective makes it even more effective. For cousins Bonnie and Sylvia, the world they know is about to experience rapid and terrifying change. Joining them on the journey is rather magnificent. How fantastic to discover this is merely book one of a series. Nicki - this one has your name all over it - although I suspect you've already discovered it.

5 out of 5, settle down under the doona for a chilling winter's night's entertainment.

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