Bill Willingham obviously has a great talent with putting messages in stories, and the fable is right up his alley, so it’s awesome to expand his talent to a straight up children’s book. He’s written Fables novels in the past, so this is clearly the next step, and I can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve.
The synopsis for Down The Mysterly River can be found here below.
Down the Mysterly River is the children’s book debut of Bill Willingham, the creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Fables. Complete with illustrations by Fables artist Mark Buckingham, it is a spirited, highly original tale of adventure, suspense, and everlasting friendship.
Max “the Wolf” is a top notch Boy Scout, an expert at orienteering and a master of being prepared. So it is a little odd that he suddenly finds himself, with no recollection of his immediate past, lost in an unfamiliar wood. Even odder still, he encounters a badger named Banderbrock, a black bear named Walden, and McTavish the Monster (who might also be an old barn cat)—all of whom talk—and who are as clueless as Max.
Before long, Max and his friends are on the run from a relentless group of hunters and their deadly hounds. Armed with powerful blue swords and known as the Blue Cutters, these hunters capture and change the very essence of their prey. For what purpose, Max can’t guess. But unless he can solve the mystery of the strange forested world he’s landed in, Max may find himself and his friends changed beyond recognition, lost in a lost world…
The book hit bookstore shelves and in ebook format on September 13, 2011, and if the description’s got your attention (it should), then you should head over to io9, who have an exclusive look at the first chapter