The Nest

The Nest is a haunting and surreal book about a boy named Steve whose newborn brother is born with a host of medical problems that require surgeries and hospitalizations. Throughthe-nest-9781481432320_lg Steve’s dreams and his conversations with the knife man, we see Steve work through his feelings about disability. As the story unfolds, a strange queen wasp slowly burrows into their house and Steve’s thoughts, promising to replace Steve’s baby brother with a perfect baby. This book really gets inside the emotions of the struggling family and shows us how life is about so much more than perfection.

Written by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Jon KlassenThe Nest is a strange and lovely book.

About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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