' Colin Meloy will bring his knack for imaginative, dramatic storytelling to the printed page when his first children's book, Wildwood
, hits stores on August 30th. The book, which is written by Meloy and illustrated by his wife Carson Ellis, tells the story of a young girl who goes on a quest to save her brother from a murder of sinister crows. According to the Decemberists' website
, the fantasy tale is set in "a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions."
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The first four chapters of Wildwood are currently available as a free download for those who click "like" on the novel's Facebook page. The opening pages reveal a book with the usual whimsy of a children's book, but with the charming, old-timey aesthetic of the Decemberists. Though Meloy has posted a playlist of songs including numbers by Led Zeppelin and Fairport Convention to accompany the book, he has not released any original music in connection to the project.