Part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, Buck is a sturdy crossbreed canine accustomed to a comfortable life as a family dog — until he’s seized from his pampered surroundings and shipped to Alaska to be a sled dog. There, the forbidding landscape is as harsh as life itself during the gold rush of the 1890s. Forced to function in a climate where every day is a savage struggle for survival, Buck adapts quickly. Traces of his earlier existence are obliterated and he reverts to his dormant primeval instincts, encountering danger and adventure as he becomes the leader of a wolf pack and undertakes a journey of nearly mythical proportions. Superb details, taken from Jack London’s firsthand knowledge of Alaskan frontier life, make this classic tale of endurance as gripping today as it was over a century ago. One of literature’s most popular and exciting adventure stories, The Call of the Wild will enrich the reading experience of youngsters, and rekindle fond memories of a favorite among older generations.
“Years ago, Classic Comics, heavily digested versions of classic novels, functioned as illustrated Cliff’s Notes for students. Kleid (Ninety Candles, Brownsville) and Niño (Graphic Classics: The Invisible Man) have updated the old form with this adaptation of Jack London’s perennial. Kleid’s adaptation competently summarizes the original, introducing the reader to Buck the dog, the vile man in the red sweater and the sympathetic John Thornton, highlighting the main events from the novel and using London’s most workmanlike sentences to keep the story moving along. Nino’s black-and-white art has a nice kinetic, almost impressionistic quality.” —Publishers Weekly
176 black and white paperback
Puffin Graphics, 2006