Picture Book Review: Dear Wild Child

Dear Wild Child by Wallace J. Nichols

Dear Wild Child: You Carry Your Home Inside You
by Wallace J. Nichols (Goodreads Author), Drew Beckmeyer (Illustrations)

4 out of 5 stars

A family build their home in the forest, a beautiful home where their daughter can grow up surrounded by the beauty of the woods and the wind. They have wonderful times together in their house, playing under the trees, fishing in the streams, and playing music with friends. One night a lightning storm starts a forest fire that burns down their beloved home, and the father comforts his child with the knowledge that they carry their home and all their memories inside them forever.

This is such a heartwarming book! It’s bittersweet in the end, since the family has lost their home, but it’s also full of hope, because they know that what truly matters can never be lost. They have their family safe and all their memories of their beloved home. I love the beautiful picture of growing up strong and resilient like the trees.

The illustrations are really interesting. I like the crayon art style and the bright colors! The designs are sometimes chaotic and it’s difficult to tell what is happening because the page looks so cluttered with different scenes. The art work definitely captures the emotions of the story!

I love that this is a true story! It makes it so meaningful to know that this is the real experience of a family, and that they still have hope and joy in the face of devastating loss.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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