Synopsis (Cover links to Goodreads):
Barry Wolverton’s masterful middle-grade debut, Neversink, is an epic tale of some very un-epic birds, a fast-paced and funny story of survival, friendship, and fish, in the vein of Watership Down and Kathi Appelt’sThe Underneath.
Along the Arctic Circle lies a small island called Neversink, home to a colony of odd-looking seabirds called auks, including one Lockley J. Puffin. With their oceanfront views and plentiful supply of fish, the auks have few concerns—few, save for Lockley’s two best friends, Egbert and Ruby, a know-it-all walrus and a sharp-tongued hummingbird.
But all of this is about to change. Rozbell, the newly crowned king of the Owl Parliament, has long had his scheming eyes on the small colony to the north. Now Neversink’s independence hangs in the balance. An insurgence of owls will inevitably destroy life as the auks know it—unless Lockley can do something about it.
I had to join in on this one – you know, to touch base with my inner child. Loved the sound of it!!
Lockley: Colin Firth
Egbert: Harold Bloom
Ruby: Lauren Graham
Lucy: Carey Mulligan
Rozbell: Andrew Scott
Astra: Cate Blanchett
Really, though, I prefer the old Disney tradition of making the voice actors anonymous, and wish we could return to that. I am immediately taken out of the movie when I hear a famous actor’s voice and start picturing him or her instead of the animated character.
I have to say – I have to agree with Barry on this. I loved not knowing the voices behind the characters. It let me flow with the animation instead of seeing the actors the whole time.
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