The Wilderness

By Steve McCarthy

This is a real adventure book, so be careful not to get too lost between its pages...

The Vasylenko family are adventurers. They all love the wet and the wild, the thrill of exploring the outside world. All that is ... except Oktober. He prefers the warm and safe comfort of the inside world, and for his adventures to take place between the pages of a book. But tomorrow, Oktober has to join his family on a trek into the slimy, grimy and climby wild, where he sees only danger and worry and fears a creature called "The Wilderness"! Failing to keep his wits about him could be dangerous though – it may even get him a bit ... lost. But perhaps getting lost is just what Oktober needs to find himself and maybe even make an unexpected friend. The Wilderness is a wild and wondrous story of true bravery and discovering friendship in the most unexpected of places, perfect for adventurers and the more timid alike.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529515084
  • Published: 07 Sep 2023
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 300 x 248 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'The Wilderness is one of those rare books that makes you see the world in a different way […] The autumnal-coloured illustrations are sublime' Top Choice, Children's Book Highlights, Irish Independent

'Everything about this book roars “epic!” […] The attention to detail is astonishing, with each of the twelve children having distinct, recognisable personalities without so much as saying a word. It’s very much a book that lends itself to being read again and again, following a different path, and character, each time.' Books Ireland

'This little treasure with striking illustrations in autumnal hues is a jolly, intriguing and throughfall read which will ignite a taste for adventure in even the smallest of readers.' WRD

'The autumnal-coloured illustrations are sublime.' Irish Independent, "56 cracking reads to keep kids entertained this Christmas"

'There is so much detail in this wonderful book that something new will be picked up with each read.' Books of 2022, Irish Examiner

'Steve McCarthy’s The Wilderness is one of those books you’ll want to curl up with […] Cosy and glorious in equal measure.' Christmas countdown of amazing books, RTÉjr

'Open with care for this debut authorial picture book is truly an adventure [...] A story filled with optimism, family love, heart-warming happiness, a magical read taking us on an unexpected adventure, presenting a challenge. Beautiful.' Armadillo Magazine

'A true triumph, The Wilderness deserves pride of place on every bookshelf.' Just Imagine

'I find there’s an oddness and surrealism in Steve’s writing that I love and I feel he compliments that with his adventurous illustrations […] The artwork in this book is full of surprises. Fun and clever and a little different.' Irish Independent

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