Like many people I have come to this novel via the movie, Hunt For the Wilderpeople, which I enjoyed very much. Although author Crump has been dead for some twenty years, I suspect he would have approved of the film adaptation. That said, the book is very different in many respects, although the basic themes of being an outsider remain the same.
Incorrigible child Ricky Baker is sent to live with his aunt and uncle as a last resort, on a ramshackle farm in the hills of the north island of New Zealand. Ricky's aunt Bella lavishes care and love on Ricky, while her older, taciturn husband Hec views him with a more jaundiced eye. When the family's circumstances suddenly change, Hec and Ricky are more or less forced to go bush with their two dogs, where they live a hand-to-mouth existence and lead the New Zealand authorities a merry dance for over a year. The story is narrated from Ricky's viewpoint, right up to the epilogue when another narrator briefly takes over. It's a great read with unforgettable characters, and I thoroughly recommend it.
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (29 February 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143573748
- ISBN-13: 978-0143573746
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)