The Barnes & Noble Review
Ray Bradbury fans are in for an extraordinary treat! Legendary British mixed-media artist Dave McKean has taken a Bradbury masterwork -- 1946's The Homecoming -- and illustrated the dark fantasy classic with full-color graphics that make the spooky story of a mortal boy and his extended family of supernatural monstrosities virtually come to ghoulish life on the page.
Timothy is a normal ten-year-old boy; the one thing that makes him different from other kids his age is his family, which includes a wide variety of vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, mummies, and other assorted creatures that go bump in the night. It's All Hallows' Eve, and relatives from all over the world are gathering together for one glorious night of celebration. But Timothy -- who doesn't have fangs and can't fly or walk through walls -- feels left out of the festivities…
The Homecoming is part of HarperCollins's WISP (Wonderfully Illustrated Short Pieces) series -- a fusion of virtuoso modern illustrators and classic short works of fiction. Visually mesmerizing and still as darkly enchanting as it was 60 years ago, this illustrated edition of The Homecoming is, like so many other Bradbury works, so much more than it initially seems. Yes, it's a beloved all-ages Halloween read, but it's also a deeply poignant coming-of-age story that explores themes of family, love, belonging -- and what it means to truly be alive. Those who haven't yet read this dark Bradbury tale should check out this beautifully bizarre illustrated version ASAP. It's an instant collector's item. Paul Goat Allen