‘To toil and suffer in silence’ is the most important lesson to be learnt at the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures. For orphan number 13, there has never been any comfort or love. Friendless, he keeps his head down and tries to blend in and avoid punishment. Yet, without knowing what, he knows he wants more. In one extraordinarily brave act, he makes a friend and sets himself on the road for hope and adventure. Rechristened Arthur by his new friend Trinket, the shy fox-like groundling (part human, part animal) must find a way to escape the evil Miss Carbunkle and her cruel orphanage, and discover who he is and where he came from.
The Wonderling has all the makings of a great quest with an aptly named hero – a cast of almost Dickensian evil characters and a motley crew of new friends and acquaintances who should stand no chance of winning but who, together, might just manage to overcome evil and change their world.
New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mira Bartók has crafted an expansive and skilfully drawn tale that manages to maintain momentum and focus throughout. The cover illustration picks up on the steam punk themes which give this story an extra edge. A truly original, engaging and visual read, not to be missed. Little wonder that it is already in development to become a movie.