The Wild Book by Juan Villoro, Translated by Lawrence Schimel

The Wild Book by Juan Villoro, Translated by Lawrence Schimel

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Illustrated by Eko, Translated by Lawrence Schimel

From Juan Villoro, one of Mexico’s foremost authors, comes a wondrous adventure story of a boy who goes to live with his kooky, book-obsessed uncle in a library where books have supernatural powers.

Thirteen-year-old Juan’s summer is off to a terrible start. First, his parents separate. Then, almost as bad, Juan is sent away to his strange Uncle Tito’s house for the entire break! Who wants to live with an oddball recluse who has zigzag eyebrows, drinks fifteen cups of smoky tea a day, and lives inside a huge, mysterious library?

An unforgettable adventure story about books, libraries, and the power of reading.


“Books are portals to other worlds. In The Wild Book, a young boy learns about the power of stories when he explores his uncle’s enchanted library of shape-shifting books."  --Claire Foster, Forward Reviews


"Published by Yonder, an imprint of Restless Books, the book is seamlessly translated by Lawrence Schimel, and it reads as compellingly as anything written for adults."—Rivka Galchen, Words Without Borders

Hardcover book 2017

Yonder, an imprint of Restless Books