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Under Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 2

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Whimsical fantasy sequel falls short of original.

Book Colin Meloy Fantasy 2012
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age 17+

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age 17+


You didn't mention the somewhat excessive use of tobacco, including a 17-year-old boy smoking a pipe on a regular basis. Not a biggie, but kind of out of place in a children's book, I thought.

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UNDER WILDWOOD is an inventive fantasy adventure that recaptures some, but not all, of the magic of its predecessor. Author Colin Meloy and illustrator Carson Ellis continue to emphasize the sly humor and generous spirit of the narrative. The action is split roughly in two, alternating between returning characters Prue and Curtis and new additions Elsie and Rachel. Unfortunately, the Prue and Curtis sections feel repetitive, while the Elsie and Rachel portions get bogged down in an unpleasant and not terribly gripping scenario. Things pick up as the two groups stumble toward each other, but Under Wildwood feels very much like the muddled middle volume of a trilogy.

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