Down the Mysterly River

by Willingham, Bill.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Willingham
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN FICTION Willingham
Dormont Public Library Young Adult YA WILL
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA WILL
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j WILLINGHAM Bill
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  j WILLINGHAM Bill
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction CHILDREN WIL
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA WIL
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA WIL

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...

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Boy Scout Max has no recollection of how he landed in the woods and cannot come up with a rational explanation for why the animals he meets a badger, a tom cat, and a bear can speak. But he quickly accepts this new reality out of necessity, as the four are being hunted by the Blue Cutters, who seek to change their prey's essence. With some luck and the help of the mysterious Eggman, the four just might make it to sanctuary on the other side of the Mysterly River. Occasional chapters from the Cutters' perspective fill the reader in on their intentions, but the story is obviously designed to spur empathy for Max and his friends, and it succeeds. Willingham (of Fables graphic novel fame) creates a familiar-yet-strange world of danger, magic, and friendship. The plot is initially slow, which is strange for an adventure novel, and the many references to Max's past exploits may confuse some readers, but the subtle humor is remarkably done and the resolution satisfying.--Moore, Melissa Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Eisner-winning comics creator Willingham (the Fables series) makes his middle-grade debut with an action-packed and often touching novel (published in a different form by Willingham's Clockwork Storybook collective in 2001) that explores the nature of characters and authorship. Twelve-year-old Max, a Boy Scout and self-professed detective, finds himself in a strange forest with no idea how he got there. He soon meets a group of talking animals who are equally confused about their provenance, including a badger named Banderbrock, a gentle bear named Walden, and the mean cat McTavish. They encounter mysterious hunters called the Blue Cutters, who use their blades to literally cut into the history of creatures, rearranging their pasts to suit the Cutters' desires. Willingham roles out his themes slowly, only fully spelling them out in the final scene, but they don't interfere with the rollicking story, nasty (but fully realized) villains, and heroic camaraderie. Likewise, although references from The Princess Bride to Edgar Rice Burroughs abound, they're smoothly integrated, never letting readers suspect they might be missing a joke. The end result is a stellar example of a novel working both as an adventure tale and as metafiction. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Human-animal communication -- Fiction.
Animals -- Fiction.
Scouting (Youth activity) -- Fiction.
Memory -- Fiction.
Forests and forestry -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :Starscape,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Map on lining papers.
Description 333 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780765327925 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0765327929 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780765366344 (pbk.)
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