Book View: Down the Mysterly River

Book View: Down the Mysterly RiverDown the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham
Published by Starscape on September 13th 2011
Pages: 333

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…

Short & Sweet: 
I've always been a huge fan of Bill Willingham, and when I heard he was writing a middle grade novel, I could not help but pick it up as soon as I could. The plot is so intriguing. Max finds himself in a world that he does not know and has no idea why he is there. He meets up with some animals that can talk, which he takes in stride and then bands with them when they are attacked by hunters with blue swords that change the animals they cut into in a strange way. I loved the way this book ended, definitely open for more adventures, but also so much a way a fairy tale would end.
Final Verdict:
Definitely a read that any fan of fairy tales, adventure stories, or mysteries should read.
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2 responses to “Book View: Down the Mysterly River

  1. So glad to see that you enjoyed this one so much! 🙂 I have a copy of this one and have really been looking forward to reading it! Hopefully I will be able to get to it soon! 🙂

  2. Cecelia

    I agree with you – this one ended the way a ‘real’ fairy tale would most likely end! That’s a great summation of the overall feel of the book, too. Nice review!

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