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Bad children are punished. Be bad, a child is told, and you'll be turned into an animal, marked with your crime.

The Wild Children are forever young, but that, too, can be a curse.

Five children each tell a different story of what they became:

- One learns that wrong can be right, and her curse may be a blessing.
- Another is so Wild he must learn the simplest lesson, to love
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ebook, 344 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published October 10th 2011)
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Laurie
Oct 20, 2011 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tend to gravitate toward character driven, richly colored literature with a good amount of descriptive detail. This is one of those books.

I read it about a month ago, prior to its release, and it still resonates with me. The cover art is my current wallpaper. It makes me smile every time I close my browser. I truly love this book and everything about it.

It's very uniquely written. Each "act" is like a stand-alone short story, but they're all tied together with the finest of threads. Reading th
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Faith
Oh boy.

The premise of this is fantastic - Roberts has a great, and wonderfully dark, imagination. It makes me think a bit of Pinnochio, with the donkey-children.

Then in the second part, the world suddenly grows so much bigger, and we discover that there's more to the Wild Children that first seen.

Now, for the problems.

The writing is unclear. The setting is obviously not modern, but I had a hard time getting a handle on when, exactly, we were. It didn't help that at times, word choices were shock
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Kristina
Originally published at Nose in a Book.

Warning: This one is a bit of a teal deer!

The beginning of this book is brutal! At first, I wanted to call it middle-grade, but it’s so dark and heavy that I changed the genre to YA. I wasn’t immediately sure of the date, but there’s a one-room schoolhouse, and the town seems to be a little Puritan in its Christianity. (I eventually figured out that this was ancient Rome, a time you could not pay me to live in.) The priest hits children in front of their pa
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Anne Tilney
When it comes to books, most of them can be fit into certain genres easily. Others it is more difficult and complicated if it belongs into one or more genre or sub-genre. But for Wild Children, it is hard to put a finger on which genre(s) or sub-genres it belongs to. It is high fantasy yet has a degree of mystery and quirkiness not found in most literature today. It reminds me of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas in that it is strangely beautiful.

The cover alone caugh
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Tzippy
Really creepy, in mostly a good way.

This book seems to be set in an alternate version of Rome, in a universe where there are "Wild Children"--children who, between the ages of 8 and 13 or so get turned into a kind of half-animal, half-child creature who doesn't age and lives for hundreds of years, provided they're not killed first. Many of these Wild Children are donkeys, who are kept as slaves and often abused (even to the point of death) by their masters. Outside of the city, most Wild Childre
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Eustacia Tan
Feb 01, 2013 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
How many of you have watched Pinocchio (the Disney version?). Do you remember that for a good bit of the movie Pinocchio was half donkey and half um, puppet? Well, this was the image that popped into mind when I read the descriptions of the Wild Children.

The Wild Children are part animal, part child. Sometimes, they're almost all animal, and sometimes they're almost all child. They can be many things too, such as Donkey, Wolf, Dove and even mythical ones like Unicorn. They seem to come about by
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Donald Armfield
Richard Roberts writes fantasy focused around folk tales, fairy tales and mythology. He has had strange jobs such as breeding tarantulas and translating Japanese television to english. And here we have Wild Children which shows how one can write such an interesting piece or work.

What caught my eye was the title. I have four daughters 3 of 4 are wild, the other one is watching her sisters learning to be wild. Yeah I'm going to need stables to train my wild children.

In "Wild Children" we meet chil
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Angela
Dec 21, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
4.5*

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think I misread the synopsis initially so it was not what I was expecting at all and is probably what made it so refreshing to me.

The book was totally bizarre but very well written. Each chapter is basically a story centred round a particular character and told from their POV, so you really get to emphasise with each one. There are references to each chapter character throughout the novel however, so there is the possibility to observe them through other cha
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Amy (Other Amy)
This is the freshest, most unusual little story I have read in a long, long time. If you love fairytales or fables or just fantasy, if you miss the just so stories that made reading magic in the first place, don't wait another second. Get this and read it right now. I'm not going to try to summarize anything; I can't do it without mangling it. I can only say it is beautiful - wonderfully written and plotted and carried through to a perfect ending. Seriously. Read it now.
Becky
Jan 01, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was one of the most charmingly unusual books I had read last year. Really enjoyable.
The Intrepid Fox
I had mixed feelings about Wild Children. Some parts were really ingenious, other parts were somewhat confusing or tedious. Five Acts (think short stories) and overall it is through these other Wild Children stories that Hind's come together.


THOUGHTS: Act 1

One learns that wrong can be right, and her curse may be a blessing.

First Act tells the story of a girl turned donkey-girl named Jenny, and her act covers about 6 years from before her transformation to--well, spoiler. I actually didn't mind J
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Sharon Tyler
Feb 15, 2013 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wild Children by Richard Roberts is a collection of five short stories in a world where children can be changed into animals in degrees, however the change and its severity is tied in to the sins of the child. These children are considered sinners, and temptations that led others into sin by many. Others see them as angels, slaves, property, or simply unfortunate children. Each of the short stories comes from the voice of one of these 'Wild Children'. Together, the short stories serve to give th ...more
Geraldine
Firstly, before I go on, I must say that I didn't finish this book, because I expected a book about a group of five children on an adventure to save the last Wild Child. Instead, after reading the first story, I realized it was a bunch of stories about five Wild Children, all written separately. Nevertheless, I continued on with reading it, until I finished the third story, where I couldn't take having to read about a new scenario

I liked the complex ideas Richard Roberts writes about in this boo
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Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
For most of Wild Children, I wasn't sure what to think but after finishing it, I ended up really liking it! It's definitely different from anything else I've read, and in a good way!

It's told by several wild children, and I was glad that the story was pretty fluid. While there are 6 different stories going on, they worked really well together, and it was nice seeing the main story told from 5 different perspectives. What's interesting is that Wild Children alternates between the narrators but no
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Lacey Louwagie
I wavered between giving this one two and three stars. I settled on three because the world created and the premise of the novel is so intriguing. Essentially, we're immersed in a world where some children have turned into strange animal-child creatures, deemed “wild children.” Different theories about the origin of the wild children abound, and we see several ways that children can be transformed. The prevailing theory is that children are turned into animals as punishment for sin, and so the r ...more
Annette S.
Jan 21, 2013 Annette S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you believe in sin? Do you believe that your sin can mark you? This is what happens in Richard Robert’s superb book Wild Children.
Told in five ‘acts’ and from 5 different perspectives, we follow the story of six different children, each turned into a wild child by some unspecified sin. From the first girl, Jenny, seduced by a Wolf boy into running away to become wild, to a boy seeking to repent from his sins by consuming the misery of others, an almost angelic dove-child, two devoted brothers
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Wayne McCoy
Jan 17, 2013 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young girl is lured by a wolfboy into staying out late on Walpurgis night and her life is changed forever. This is just one of the linked stories in 'Wild Children,' a book reminiscent of the darkness of classic fairy tales, but these are consequences without action. No curse was due or punishment needed.

Young children are turned into a variety of different animals in the book. It never happens to anyone over 15 (at least, not without disastrous effect). The wild children receive long lives an
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Christina
Jan 12, 2013 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. I want to start out by saying that it was not a bad book. I did not finish it, but I read about 2/3 of it. It was just too odd for me, and I wanted to move on to something else.

Its the story of a world where children, supposedly bad children, can turn into animal/human hybrids some time in their early pre-teen/teen years, and what that means for them and the world around them. The book is broken up into three parts; I wanted to know what
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Selena
Mar 21, 2013 Selena rated it it was amazing
Oh, my gosh... The book begins with Jenny who is enticed into the world of the wild children with the hopes of becoming a wolf. She is greatly disappointed when she turns into a donkey. She is renamed Bray and is bought by her teacher who loves her dearly. She is treated much better than other donkey wild children. Although many wild children forget who they were she remains friends with another donkey, Hind. Hind has it better than most of the wild children. She is loved and pampered and treate ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
The cover of Wild Children is simple, layered, and eye-catching. The brief description caught my attention. I started reading and it went a little wonky...

He created a whole world that reminds me of a dark Pinocchio mixed with Red Riding Hood (the 2011 movie with Amanda Seyfried), and something else... Modern or historically...old-fashioned? There was no specific time period. Not a faith-based book per say, but highly religious. The elements of faith include Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, sins, blessi
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John Lewis
Aug 11, 2014 John Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Roberts's Wild Children is a book unlike any that I have read within the past century, and it's strength lies in the heart and soul Roberts creates in such a broken world. Readers follow various protagonists known as Wild Children, immortal children with the traits of a creature that best symbolizes the sins and life-directions that have cursed them into such form. Many are donkeys, while many others fall anywhere from birds to cats and dragons to other mythical creatures. These children ...more
Jorj
Dec 13, 2015 Jorj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. And I'm starting to realize that I love Richard Roberts' stories. (Quite Contrary was quite awesome.) It's dark fantasy (I guess), but not in the way I'm used to. The characters are rich and I loved every single one of them. The story is interesting, each section being told from the point of view of a different main character, and the different stories intertwine in various ways. Many things are left to be ambiguous and unexplained, and I was fine with it. That's ju ...more
BookCupid
Jan 08, 2013 BookCupid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
The idea that a child can turn from good to bad isn't that far-fetched, especially at the age of ten when right and wrong have been established and it's sometimes fun to test those theories. Wild Children is divided into Acts, all staring a different characters while rotating familiar faces. We experience how it feels to become Wild -- half human/ half animal -- depending on the fault the child committed (I did find this hard to comprehend) And sometimes like in the case of Coo and Jinx, we see ...more
Ryan
Apr 26, 2015 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My sister bought this for me with the recommendation "oddly compelling" and indeed it was. I am not sure I can provide an adequate description of what it is about because I'm not entirely sure. There is a parable quality to the story but what that parable is exactly is difficult to describe. Lots and lots of moving parts, characters and their stories starting and ending, then crossing paths with others. At one point, in the beginning, I was reminded of Pinocchio when he runs away, does bad thing ...more
Siobhan
Fascinating and gripping, but there's a lot of unrealized potential in this one. The idea of the world, with its twisted religion and hints at unexplored realms, is cool and deliciously creepy. The weird sexualization of the kids, lingered on in a way that leaves you slightly suspecting the author of enjoying it, is an entirely different kind of disturbing that's far less welcome. The structure of the story is unconventional, which I don't mind, but it's not really well executed enough to keep f ...more
Angela Rosas
Aug 25, 2015 Angela Rosas rated it really liked it
I have read another book of this author, Quite Contrary, which I enjoyed so I thought I would give another a try. I did enjoy this book as well. And I couldn't help loving the idea of these misbehaved children turning into an animal to reflect their sins. Although the book raises a lot of questions it doesn't answer I still found it enjoyable to read the journey all these different characters go through. I absolutely loved the characters and thought he developed them well but I wonder if there w ...more
Ryan
Nov 13, 2014 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Beautifully written, but I couldn't finish it. I really wanted to like it, and I have nothing against the book... it just wasn't for me. It was a semi creepy mix of fantasy and spirituality that centered around children who'd been cursed for their sins. I still recommend it for anyone who likes this genre or type of story, but it's just not for me. I feel bad giving up on it, but I don't think I'll enjoy it more it I press on. Some folks don't lime history, some don't like SciFi, etc. This mix o ...more
Jennifer Sepeda
Dec 24, 2015 Jennifer Sepeda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a while to finish this but once I picked it up again, I couldn't stop for a long time. It had the perfect balance of details but not overwhelmingly stuffed to the brim with them. You feel with the characters, every triumph, heartbreaks...etc, to the point it's almost to much to get through. I just wish there was an immediate sequel since I would like to know more about the animals they become, how they are judged, etc. But I suppose some mysteries are better left not explained.
Lillia
Jan 16, 2016 Lillia rated it it was amazing
A very different book, set in an alternate world where some children turn into animals in part or in full, it cobbles together a series of interconnected stories of several of these children. But on a larger scale and what makes it grand is that the premise disguises an eloquent discussion of organized religion and sin and looking beyond the surface.
Coyora Dokusho
Well.... it's been a long journey. I made the mistake of starting to read it FAR TOO LATE AT NIGHT. A long time ago. And then I skipped to end. And then the middle. And then I read some parts over again. I think because it demanded so much of me emotionally? But it was great. Epic story, shifting POV's, and just so really cool. Richard Roberts is just as much of a genius as usual.
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I've been writing for a long, long time. A long, long, long time. Do you remember when dirt was invented? I was using it to scratch out stories. Getting published was harder, but now I'm hooked up with Curiosity Quills and I have real books in paper, and you should buy some!

As a writer my fascination has always been children's literature, especially children's lit that is also adult lit. For some
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