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Wildwood by Colin Meloy, reviewed by Patrick Ness

The children's book world is particularly susceptible to dilettantes. Tooth-grindingly awful books by everyone from Glenn Beck to Madonna are bad enough, but even established adult novelists have made the mistake of thinking it's easy. Want to make a children's writer swear? Just ask them what they think of John Grisham's Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer.

The latest to try his hand is Colin Meloy, singer and songwriter for The Decemberists, currently one of America's most literate and tuneful rock bands. Meloy's sister Maile is a fine novelist, and Meloy frère's songs are characterised not just by cheeky wordplay but an unexpected flair for narrative. Is that enough to make the leap? The answer is mostly yes. Wildwood is a warm, lively story that's fully committed to its 9- to 12-year-old intended readership and mercifully free of any winking towards indie rock hipsters. Though not without flaws, this is a real children's book that real children might like. PATRICK NESS

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