Are you looking for an exciting story with resources to use in your classroom or bookgroup? Do you think a modern take on Narnia might appeal? Then perhaps Wildwood by Colin Meloy (lead singer in The Decemberists), illustrated by Carson Ellis might be just the ticket.
Lemon Snicket said ‘Once I stepped inside I never wanted to leave’. Patrick Ness said ‘A warm, lively story’ and the LA Times said it ‘reads like a mash-up of Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings’.
Wildwood and its sequel, Under Wildwood, are spellbinding tales full of wonder, danger and magic. Dubbed ‘the hipster Narnia’, these stories are original and fresh, yet steeped in classic fantasy, and are new classics for the twenty-first century.
You can discover the wonders of this brilliant new series with The Wildwood resource kid and lesson ideas – a range of fun activities and fascinating insight into the world of an author and illustrator for children aged 9+, containing activity ideas for children and instructions for you to lead the lessons, accompanied by a film of Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis talking about working together on Wildwood and Under Wildwood.
Colin Meloy’s stories are packed with unforgettable characters, language and adventure. There are strong themes of friendship, nature and travel and the stories are bursting with intricate and beautiful illustrations by Colin’s wife, Carson Ellis. The activities in this pack are designed to encourage children to work together, to think about books, nature, and inventing characters of their own.
You can download these brilliant new resources from the Wildwood channel at www.canongate.tv.
There is also a free Wildwood Storymap app available for for iPhone or iPad, which brings the world of Wildwood alive.
Wildwood is out now in paperback, and its sequel, Under Wildwood will be published on 21 March.