The narrative is skillfully strung together and the ending deeply surprising, challenging the norms of what might be expected in a children's novel, which is all to the good.
An excellent, punchy adventure tale with vivid characters and an impassioned eco message
Piers Torday is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure.
A magical new adventure from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction prize.
Full marks ... for a story not afraid to take on some of the fundamentals of life while still managing to preserve the lightest of touches
Torday's story is alternately sombre, thrilling, and silly, filled with eccentric human and animal characters with distinctive voices
Wildly inventive, moving and gripping ... full of suspense without ever sacrificing warmth
A gripping, memorable adventure which celebrates the power and scope of our imagination
Heartbreaking, surprising, uplifting ... proves that stories matter. They really do
Written in vivid and urgent style ... As thrilling as James and the Giant Peach ... The Last Wild may be as critical to the new generation as Tarka the Otter
Torday pays tribute to reading, libraries and imagination in one of the most clever and ambitious children's books you'll read this year
Thrilling, epic, wise. Truly a book for our times. (With extra rainbow unicorns!)
Gripping, original and memorable
Piers Torday continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best writers for children working today
A whimsical yet thoughtful tale that brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl and Norton Juster