Book - 2013/09/10
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"You cannot tame something so happily wild."

In this beautiful picture book by Hawaiian artist Emily Hughes, we meet a little girl who has known nothing but nature from birth--she was taught to talk by birds, to eat by bears, and to play by foxes. She is unashamedly, irrefutably, irrepressibly wild. That is, until she is snared by some very strange animals that look oddly like her, but they don't talk right, eat right, or play correctly. She's puzzled by their behavior and their insistence on living in these strange concrete structures: there's no green here, no animals, no trees, no rivers. Now she lives in the comfort of civilization. But will civilization get comfortable with her?

In her debut picture book, Hughes brings an uncanny humor to her painterly illustrations. Her work is awash with color, atmosphere, and a stunning visual splendor that will enchant children while indulging their wilder tendencies. Wild is a twenty-first-century answer to Maurice Sendak's children's classic--it has the same inventiveness, groundbreaking art, and unmissable quirkiness.
Publisher: 2013/09/10
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Edition: HC
ISBN: 9781909263086


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ArapahoeSteffen Aug 10, 2017

Lovingly drawn with exquisite attention to detail, Hughe's "Wild" is one of those rare find; a title exactly suited to all my picture book tastes!

Feb 08, 2017

In Wild, a young girl is growing up in the forest and being raised by the animals until one day she is found. Once found, she feels lost for the first time and very sad and angry. No spoilers here, to find out what happens next, you will have to read the book. This is a short and simple story with minimal text, typically one sentence for every two pages. The picture book's illustrations are amazing and incredibly detailed--just look at that cover--and make Wild great.

Jun 07, 2015

SUMMARY: A baby girl showed up in the forest. The animals took her in and raised her. Bird taught here to speak and Bear taught her how to eat. She was happy. Until one day, hunters found her and brought her to a psychiatrist. The man and his wife tried to turn her into a civilized child by teaching her to speak English and good manners. The child did not understand and was not happy. One day, she went back into the wild and everyone felt this was right.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations in this book are quite stunning. They are colorful, rich, and extremely detailed. Hughes uses a large eyed style that brings life to her characters. The girl's hair is drawn in such as way that is looks like weeping willow branches. I especially love the strategically placed plant life over the little girl to keep her modesty.

THE GOOD: The beginning of the story is quite delightful. Watching the little girl frolic in the wild is fun and humorous. I love how she brings the psychiatrist's pets with her when she returns to the wild because this is where they belong.
THE NOT AS GOOD: There were two aspects I was uncomfortable with when the girl was brought to the couple's home. One was the sinister look of the psychiatrist. This was frightening. The other was how the girl completely trashed every inch of their home with her wild ways. I felt this was extreme.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Due to the more mature message (including all that being with the psychiatrist entailed) in this story line, I think it is best suited to ages 5-8


A surprisingly lovely little piece that bears similarities to hundreds of pictures books out there, but isn’t really like a single one. One of a kind.

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Feb 22, 2017

edutcher thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 7


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“No one remembered how she came to the woods, but all knew it was right.” A green-haired baby smiles contentedly on a forest floor as a bear, bird, and fox look on. Over the years the bird teaches her to speak, the bear to eat, and the fox to play. Unfortunately a hunter’s trap catches the child by her foliage-like hair and a pair of baffled hunters takes her back with them to civilization. There the child is forced to reside in the home of a well-meaning psychiatrist and his wife. Attempts to normalize her fail resoundingly and at last she flees back to the wild, the family dog and cat in tow. After all, “you cannot tame something so happily wild.”


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