Wildful

Wildful

Written by: Kurimoto, Kengo
Illustrated by: Kurimoto, Kengo
ages 9 to 12 / grades 4 to 6

Discover the magic of the wilderness in this breathtaking graphic novel reminiscent of The Secret Garden.

Poppy’s mother hasn’t been the same since Gran passed away. She stays inside and watches TV, unable to leave the couch. So maybe that’s why Poppy has started spending more time outside, taking her dog Pepper for walks around the neighborhood. When Pepper leads Poppy through a hole in the fence, she finds a forgotten forest that’s been there all along, as well as a new friend named Rob.

Rob teaches Poppy that you can find magic in the wilderness – if you know where to look! Poppy looks, and then she looks closer … and sees flowers opening before her eyes, watches animals slip into their hidden homes, and listens to the sound of water droplets falling gently on puddles, leaves and feathers. She can barely wait to tell Mum about everything she’s seen, and asks her to come see, too – but her mother rarely has the energy to leave the couch. Will Poppy ever be able help her mother see the beauty in the woods – and in life?

This beautifully illustrated graphic novel is an exploration of grief, love, and finding magic in the wilderness – and in ourselves.


Key Text Features

illustrations


Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7

Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3

Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Discover the magic of the wilderness in this breathtaking graphic novel reminiscent of The Secret Garden.

Poppy’s mother hasn’t been the same since Gran passed away. She stays inside and watches TV, unable to leave the couch. So maybe that’s why Poppy has started spending more time outside, taking her dog Pepper for walks around the neighborhood. When Pepper leads Poppy through a hole in the fence, she finds a forgotten forest that’s been there all along, as well as a new friend named Rob.

Rob teaches Poppy that you can find magic in the wilderness – if you know where to look! Poppy looks, and then she looks closer … and sees flowers opening before her eyes, watches animals slip into their hidden homes, and listens to the sound of water droplets falling gently on puddles, leaves and feathers. She can barely wait to tell Mum about everything she’s seen, and asks her to come see, too – but her mother rarely has the energy to leave the couch. Will Poppy ever be able help her mother see the beauty in the woods – and in life?

This beautifully illustrated graphic novel is an exploration of grief, love, and finding magic in the wilderness – and in ourselves.


Key Text Features

illustrations


Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7

Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3

Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Feb 6, 2024
Specifications 216 pages | 9.625 in x 6.75 in
Written By

KENGO KURIMOTO has been busy making things all his life. He loves things that are very old, things that are very detailed, but most of all, things that are alive. He has worked across disciplines from architecture to animation to console games. Wildful is his debut graphic novel. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Illustrated by

KENGO KURIMOTO has been busy making things all his life. He loves things that are very old, things that are very detailed, but most of all, things that are alive. He has worked across disciplines from architecture to animation to console games. Wildful is his debut graphic novel. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Written By

KENGO KURIMOTO has been busy making things all his life. He loves things that are very old, things that are very detailed, but most of all, things that are alive. He has worked across disciplines from architecture to animation to console games. Wildful is his debut graphic novel. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Illustrated by

KENGO KURIMOTO has been busy making things all his life. He loves things that are very old, things that are very detailed, but most of all, things that are alive. He has worked across disciplines from architecture to animation to console games. Wildful is his debut graphic novel. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Audience ages 9 to 12 / grades 4 to 6
Key Text Features

illustrations

Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7

A story of relationships and connection ... A necessary addition for celebrating the outdoors. STARRED REVIEW

” —School Library Journal

A magical showcase of non-verbal storytelling … Modeling pure innocence, Wildful is an outstanding graphic novel in which people discover the healing power of nature. STARRED REVIEW

” —Foreword

Visual storytelling perfection ... Wildful is a breathtaking, wildly welcoming achievement. STARRED REVIEW

” —Shelf Awareness

Captivating ... [Wildful] rivals The Secret Garden in its joyful reverence for nature.

” —New York Times

A gentle, poignant tale of awakening to the subtle, healing wonders of the wild.

” —Kirkus Reviews

A gorgeous graphic novel.

” —Horn Book

This gentle, poignant story will remind readers that simply being present with nature can offer a path toward healing and an appreciation of what it is to be alive.

” —Booklist

Kurimoto employs ballpoint and ink to finely render delicate, richly detailed grayscale art in this sparsely worded debut, which elegantly conveys Poppy’s wide-eyed delight at each new discovery and the healing powers of connection and time spent out of doors.

” —Publishers Weekly

A sentient celebration of the living world.

” —Kyo Maclear, award-winning author of 'Operatic'