Finding Wild|Megan Wagner Lloyd
Finding Wild
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A lovely, lyrical picture book with gorgeous illustrations that explores the ways the wild makes itself known to us and how much closer it is than we think.

There are so many places that wild can exist, if only you know where to look Can you find it? Two kids set off on an adventure away from their urban home and discover all the beauty of the natural world. From the bark on the trees to the sudden storm that moves across the sky to fire and flowers, and snowflakes and fresh fruit. As the children make their way through the woods and back to the paved and noisy streets, they discover that wild exists not just off in some distant place, but right in their own backyard.

*Sometimes the most striking picture books are the ones that make readers see something in a new way, or that creatively express a concept regularly pondered but rarely put into words.--Shelf Awareness, starred review

Lloyd's sparkling debut celebrates nature through a whimsical meditation on the idea of wildness. Halpin's lush and delicately detailed mixed-media pictures...dominated by muted greens and blues pull readers into the diverse landscapes the children traverse. A spirit of adventure and exploration runs throughout the book. --Publishers Weekly


  • ISBN-13: 9781101932810
  • ISBN-10: 1101932813
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 10.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-7

The wild world around you

Just steps from the subway stop, a single leaf leads two children on an adventure into the wild—both far away and tucked into their own backyard. Readers—particularly those who love bustling cities but harbor a secret admiration for ditch dandelions and resolute climbing ivy—will find their attention captured from the first beckoning willow branches in Finding Wild.

Megan Wagner Lloyd makes an imagery-filled entrance into the publishing scene as she taps into the collective nostalgia we humans share: the desire to climb mountains and dive into clear lakes, the urge to take shelter from thunder. Lloyd’s bold, imaginative words and alliteration collide in an invitation to feel, smell and taste.

Abigail Halpin’s illustrations are distinctive and energetic, transporting us into the beauty—and danger—of nature. Pages unfurl with shades of green, and a jam-packed cityscape bursts with rushing color. A scrapbook-type collage taunts with bees and scorpions, sticker plants and stingers. Little eyes will keep busy finding tucked-away birds and branch-disguised snakes. The initial leaf makes periodic appearances, lending a sense of continuity and flow, even while the children journey through a variety of landscapes.

An enchanting storytime book, Finding Wild is also a delightful gift for anyone with an affinity for determined city blossoms and wide, green spaces. It would also be a delightful addition to any curriculum on descriptive writing. 

Finding Wild reminds us that wild beauty persists in the busiest of cities, even in our bustling urban lives.


This article was originally published in the May 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.