“We are the inheritors of a wonderful world, a beautiful world, full of life and mystery, goodness and pain. But likewise are we the children of an indifferent universe. We break our own hearts imposing our moral order on what is, by nature, a wide web of chaos.” ― Colin Meloy, Wildwood
What makes the book a great piece of children’s literature is how it
uses the framework of a detective story to introduce the reader to the
various sections of an orchestra. Each section has their own excuse for
what they were doing at the time of the composer’s death, and their
story lets in on the role and style of that particular section.
The book models itself
off of Peter and the Wolf, and also comes with a CD that contains an orchestral interpretation of the story (with narration by “Snicket“ himself). The composition has all the great bounce and drama you’d want a child’s first exposure to classical music, and helps the younger reader fully understand what each section of the orchestra does, as well as giving a taste for the wide range of sounds and emotions that can come from the great classical composers of history.
Although I think the story is best read with the physical copy in hand and the CD playing in the background, you can watch a video version above that combines the illustrations with the musical score to get the same experience virtually.
”My dear Prue, we are the inheritors of a wonderful world, a beautiful world, full of life and mystery, goodness and pain. But likewise are we the children of an indifferent universe. We break our own hearts imposing our moral order on what is, by nature, a wide web of chaos. It is a hopeless task.” — Wildwood, written by Colin Meloy and illustrated by Carson Ellis
Had the pleasure of going to a sketch exchange event ft. Carson Ellis last night, hosted by AIGA. Really inspiring night; we saw early sketches from Wildwood, and were allowed to look through a big pile of her sketchbooks. It’s always so helpful to see and talk about process with an artist, to see where they’re coming from and how they got there.