Whoohoooo! And in case you’re wondering…that’s me giving a howl of delight after reading Young Werewolf by Cornelia Funke and illustrated by David Roberts.
And – yes – this is by THE international bestselling children’s author Cornelia Funke, best known for her Inkheart Trilogy, The Thief Lord and Dragon Rider. I’m going to give one major spoiler about this fantasy tale straightaway – it’s ideal for struggling, reluctant and/or dyslexic readers. (More about this below)
So What Is Young Werewolf About? One Sunday evening Matt gets bitten on the hand by a yellow-eyed beast as he’s walking home with his best friend Lisa. At home he’s soon hiding in the bathroom from his family as he undergoes ‘weird’ body changes. His eyes turn yellow. His bitten hand has ‘little pointy claws where his nails used to be.’ He growls when he talks. He doesn’t even have to put on the bathroom lights as he can easily see in the dark. His metamorphosis has begun.