Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Awards and Honors
Best Illustrated Book citation, New York Times, 1998
Parents' Choice Award, 1998
From Parent's Choice:
Based on the true story of Victor, a small wild boy who was caught in … France in 1800, Gerstein has captured the delight and fear Victor finds in nature and his terror at being seized and studied.
With exuberant, loose, sketchy lines in his paintings, Gerstein captures the essence of freedom. He also conveys the gamut of emotions suffered by Victor.
Children will ask if this compelling story is true and will then reread it with a mixture of empathy and envy.