If you are looking for a good book to read aloud to your kids, this is it. If you are looking for a good adventure story for your kids, this is it. This is a book series I read every year to my young friends at our elementary school as well as to my kids at home. S.J. Dahlstrom is a good friend and brings a wonderful, fresh perspective on growing up to our young readers. My apologies to him for taking so long to write this review.
The Adventures of Wilder Good
# 3 Wilder and Sunny
The Adventures of Wilder Good is a great book series for young readers who love the outdoors and who love to go adventuring. Wilder Good is a twelve-year old boy lingering in the threshold between childhood and manhood. His adventures in the outdoors help him learn lessons about being a good person and making good choices. Plus his adventures are just plain fun to read about!
In Wilder and Sunny, Dahlstrom eases us into the mind of a boy on the cusp of realizing that girls are part of his future – specifically one named Sunny. The book centers on their adventure in the Colorado mountains. As the kids roam the mountain, under the supervision of the older mountain man Gale, they enjoy a day of being on the river. They fish and hike and watch the nature around them. Wilder and Sunny get caught up in the wonder of the mountain and lose track of time. When Gale finds them in the twilight, the real adventure begins in the shape of a six foot momma bear. Wilder and Sunny will not only have to make adult-like decisions to survive the night but they will have to recognize and rely on each other’s strength.
As with the other books in the series, Dahlstrom’s book is a breath of fresh air in a sea of books where kids spurn the help and advice of the older generation. As a classroom reader, parent, educator, it is nice to read a book out loud to a group of school kids and not have to worry about inappropriate words, ideas, or innuendos popping up in the middle of an adventure. Kudos to Dahlstrom on this third installment of The Adventures of Wilder Good. Looking forward to the next one.
You can follow Wilder on his website at Wildergood.com or purchase the books through Amazon.com and Kindle editions, Barnes&Noble.com and Nook editions.