The Search For Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi
The foreword of The Search for Wondla has a quote “If you want your children to be intelligent read them Fairy Tales. If you want them to be more intelligent read them more Fairy Tales” (Albert Einstein), and this quote sets the scene for this book as it takes you into a land of imagination and fantasy that has trees that move and eat birds, animals who talk using telepathy, and a bossy robot mother.
I chose this book to review because my son loved the Spiderwick Chronicles and rather than review yet another book he has read I thought I would try something by an author he likes. So I went to the library and found The Search for Wondla. And I have to say I was not disappointed. Tony DiTerlizzi has a real knack for drawing his readers into worlds drawn richly with his imagination both verbally and using the book’s illustrations. The story is a simple one, a girl is looking for for people like her in a world that is very alien. She is helped on her journey by her robot Muthr and two other beings from the planet, Rovinder and Otto. All the while she is chased by Besteel, a hunter, who wants to capture her for the Queen.
The world that Eva-Nine enters to find other humans is scary and strange, and yet beautiful. But is nothing like the world she was being taught by Muthr to survive in where the most deadly thing around was a snake. As she journeys to Solas to find information about other humans she finds the vegetation and the animal life all seem to be her enemy, and that is without mentioning the hunter Besteel who will never give up looking for her until she is in the hands of the Queen.
The story has some surprising twists and turns, as well as interesting and likeable characters. It is well written and it definitely feeds the imagination. It also leaves you wanting to read the next book in the series. The illustrations throughout the book add to the story and, if you want to further immerse yourself in Eva’s world, there are also ways you can interact with the story on line, making this a truly modern day fairy story!