Review: The Wolves of Currumpaw, William Grill

From award-winning creator of Shackleton's Journey comes The Wolves of Currumpaw, a beautifully illustrated book that tells the classic exciting and heart-wrenching story of the great wolf Lobo and the age old battle of man vs nature.

Set against the backdrop of New Mexico, British naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton is employed to hunt down Lobo, the leader of a wolfpack roaming the Currumpaw Valley.  The tale is a re-telling of Ernest Thompson Seton’s first story from his 1898 collection, ‘Wild Animals I Have Known’.

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His illustrative approach conjures the illusion that you’re peering into those original hundred year old pages touched by the stories author himself; as if  you’re somehow witnessing the live account of a battle between wolf and man.
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Accompanied by Grill’s gestural, somewhat naive illustrations, the reader is taken upon an emotional journey across the New Mexico plains, that is at once heart-wrenching and heart-warming in equal measure – a true tear jerker. Grill’s sketchy lines and atmospheric style, give true pace, energy, and emotion to a provocative story, pulling the reader in so deeply that for a moment his illustrative approach conjures the illusion that you’re peering into those original hundred year old pages touched by the stories author himself; as if  you’re somehow witnessing the live account of a battle between wolf and man.

Informative, thought provoking, and genuinely emotional The Wolves of Currumpaw not only reinforces Grill’s reputation as a contemporary illustrator with a unique ability to sensitively convey truly epic historical stories, but also manages to give something to the reader to take away and ponder once its pages have closed.

The Wolves of Currumpaw is available to buy from No Brow publishers, priced £14.99. Hardcover, 88 pages, illustrated throughout. Size: 245 x 304 mm.

 

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