The Wild Book centers around a young boy, Juan, who goes to live with his Uncle Tito for a summer. Books, statues and dried animal heads are only some of the things that he finds in Uncle Titos house. Pretty soon, Juan discovers that he is, in fact, the Lecter Princeps or Prince of the Books, and Uncle Tito enlists Juan to help him find a long-lost book. I LOVE this book. At its heart, The Wild Book is a love letter to books and reading. It is a wonderful reminder that books and the stories they contain help you heal, give you hope, change you, and sometimes can be harmful. It feels timeless and has the wisdom like that of The Phantom Tollbooth. I highly recommend it for readers of all ages that just love books.
Sent to live with his kooky bibliophile uncle when his parents separate, Juan discovers that his uncle's extensive library includes books that seem to have supernatural powers before he discovers his ability to use books in magical ways, a talent that compels his search for a special Wild Book that has never allowed itself to be read.