After providing readers with a wealth of history, theology, philosophy, short story, cultural commentary, and literary criticism, it is fitting that David Bentley Hart — here accompanied by his son Patrick — finally turn to the genre perhaps closest to his heart: children’s literature.
It is known, of course, that soft toys — teddy bears, cotton-stuffed rabbits, velveteen squids, and the like — are all but incapable of deceit, greed, or criminality. Yet, when the treasure of the ancient MacGorilla clan is stolen from their castle in the Scottish Highlands, it seems that one or more of the soft toys gathered there must surely be the culprit, or culprits. Trapped in the castle with his fellow toys by an unexpected snow storm, one small bear, with the aid of an even smaller pig and an easily distracted ape, must discover where the treasure is and who took it. Along the way adventures and perils abound: hidden passages, a lost library, a chase through a moonlit maze, flooding stairwells, rubber balls, paper clips, waffles, garbled aphorisms, and ever so much more. Never has such a weight of responsibility rested upon such soft, fluffy shoulders.
Suggested for ages 8+.
About the Illustrator
JEROME ATHERHOLT is a graduate of the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, MD where he also taught for 11 years. For the last 23 years he has been a senior artist at FIRAXIS Games in Maryland and lives with his family in Pennsylvania.
- 190 pages
- 8 × 10 in
Praise for The Mystery of Castle MacGorilla
“Perhaps it is for the best that Agatha Christie, Kenneth Grahame, and Emma Goldman never got around to collaborating, for then there might be a precedent for this charming and impishly subversive tale, its heart as wide as a hundred-acre wood.”
“David Bentley Hart and his son Patrick Robert have crafted a charming, beautifully written whodunit that manages to be both deeply familiar and surprising.”
“A profound and thoroughly enjoyable tale, told with wit, sophistication, richness of narrative, and incisive moral acuity. Both children and adults will relish this wise and enlightening story, as ‘fine and generous and goodhearted’ as Laird MacGorilla himself.”
“Delightful. The Mystery of Castle MacGorilla reads beautifully and I’ll certainly be getting it for a few young friends!”