Young Werewolf by Cornelia Funke

Publisher: Barrington Stoke ISBN: 9781781122686 Published: 11/10/2013 RA 8+ IA 9+

When Matt gets bitten by a yellow-eyed beastie on the way home from the cinema, he soon finds out he’s been infected with a werewolf curse! As his body starts to change it gets more and more difficult to hide his yellow eyes, hairy hands, growly voice and sudden craving for raw meat. Can he and best friend Lisa undo the curse before it’s too late and Matt wolfs out completely?

For such a short story there’s an awful lot going on – I’ve never read Cornelia Funke before but I can certainly see why she’s so popular an author. I loved the friendship between Matt and Lisa and their communication shenanigins were brilliant. I so need to find someone to try out the tube and red marbles idea with!

I also liked their use of the library and the museum to help with their search for Matt’s cure. It’s really nice to see a story where the answer doesn’t rely on whether the characters have access to the Internet or not, just for a change.

My one criticism is that the bad guy in the whole story didn’t really seem to have that much of an impact. I’m pretty sure if he wasn’t in there, I probably wouldn’t have thought the story was missing anything. That being said though, he doesn’t detract from the story so I can’t really complain!

Quite a long read from Barrington Stoke but it’s certainly given me a reason to bump Cornelia Funke’s books up the To Read list! Oh, and for dyslexic readers, the reading age is 8 and the interest age 9+.

Find Young Werewolf here.




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