Five stars for the excellent illustrations by Carson Ellis and two stars for the writing. I was so frustrated with this book because the idea is so fantastic what with talking animals and wild forest adventures, but in the end it was pages and pages of battles and struggles and not very much fun fantasy. There were so many gaping holes in the plot as well. For example, Curtis decides to stay in Wildwood but has NO MESSAGE to send back to his parents? Really? But Carson's illustrations are GORGEOUS and so beautifully done. I may keep the book, just so to have these wonderful illustrations to look at again.