Wandlung is a new book this year, written by a friend of ours, M. Landers. (You can check out his blog here and read more about his process of writing the book here.) This is the first book by this author, but I expect to see more in the years to come.
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Inspired by Franz Kafka’s novella, The Metamorphosis, Wandlung: A Child-Size Tragedy with Many Redeeming Qualities. is about a boy, Teddy, who finds that his friend, Frankie, has become a giant bug. Teddy and Frankie go out for a walk, and a flock of ducks attack Frankie, breaking off one of his antennae. Teddy defends Frankie, and the friends hop on a train to escape.
They discover they are on a circus train, and decide to join the circus. It’s clear that Frankie feels much more comfortable as a bug in a circus show than Teddy does as a human boy. Teddy sticks around for a while, but finally says goodbye to Frankie and goes back home where his parents are happy to see him again.
The premise of Wandlung was a little off-putting to me, but the narrative kept me interested and engaged. Although this is not likely to become one of my personal favorite picture books, the kids really enjoyed this book, and David liked it. Honestly, the fact that David read it all the way through and liked it is very impressive. He is picky about what he reads, and he enjoyed this book, so that’s high praise.
If you’d like to pick up a copy of this book, you can find it at AuthorHouse here: Wandlung
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