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Where the wild things are: in the woods and (worse) in the plumbing, according to the latest best children’s books

Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters and Katherine Rundell’s The Wolf Wilder are properly scary — and sometimes wickedly funny

12 September 2015

9:00 AM

12 September 2015

9:00 AM

Trollhunters Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus, illustrated by Sean Murray

Hot Key Books, pp.336, £12.99, ISBN: 9781471405198

The Wolf Wilder Katherine Rundell

Bloomsbury Children, pp.317, £12.99, ISBN: 9781408862582

In the Californian town of San Bernadino, children are going missing; smiling faces grace a gallery of milk cartons. One September evening in 1969, Jim Sturges’s brother Jack rides under a bridge and never comes out. All that’s left is his Sportcrest bike, its front wheel spinning.

Forty-five years later, 15-year-old Jim Junior lives in a state of reluctant siege.

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