Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 7 to 11
- Grade: 1 to 5
"You can't remember how you became the errand boy of a suspected witch...you can only remember being desperate."
In this fable-like graphic novel, a young boy hurries to deliver a package - to an unusual and terrifying woman who lives deep within the sinister Whispering Woods. On the way, he must face his fears in the darkness of the forest. He passes the mystical wolves of the deep caves, slips by murderous spiders, feels the shaking of the giant as it snores, and even encounters a glimmer of hope...but what awaits him at the woman's hut?
With poetic language and hauntingly beautiful illustrations, Leo LaFleur and Adam Oehlers spin a darkly fantastical tale, leading the reader on a courage-testing adventure through a forest of great magic and ever deepening peril.
About the authors
LEO LAFLEUR writes short stories, poems, novels, and songs. He studied English, Philosophy, and Great Books at St. Thomas University and has been published in literary magazines throughout North America, as well as nominated for multiple music related awards. He lives in Saint John, New Brunswick, where he finds a great deal of inspiration in nature and the surrounding forests. The Errand is Leo’s first graphic novel series.
ADAM OEHLERS is an award-winning and prolific illustrator currently working out of Norwich, England. He has exhibited worldwide from Australia, to the UK, Europe and the States, and has worked as Concept artist, Character Designer and Writer for Animations and Computer games. Adam has a great love of old stories and fairy tales and aims to tell a story through every illustration.
Excerpt: The Errand (by (author) Leo LaFleur; illustrated by Adam Oehlers)
"You can’t remember how you became the errand boy of a suspected witch.
You can only remember being desperate...
as fast as you can.
There are other dangers here.
You know this.
To reach the witch's hut one must beware of all those creatures of the Whispering Woods.
The day is breaking.
The rain is shaking the leaves on the trees.
A drop here,
a drop there,
pick up speed."
Praise for The Errand:
"Groundbreaking, spellbinding, this book is a winning collaboration between writer and artist. In these days where faster is better and shorter trumps longer, two gifted artists have decided to take us on a journey through a mythological forest. This haunting archetypal tale — where the forces of good and evil swirl around the heroic journey of a young boy — harks back to the best of The Brothers Grimm. LaFleur's text is exquisite word music, leaving space for Oehler's art. Such ART! Images so rich in detail readers will tumble off chairs into the page: gripped, scared, hopeful, but never to be let go. Not even after the book is closed. These two have created a world we will revisit, and a boy whose journey we will want more of— not just one magnificent book. I'm enchanted, gobsmacked, thrilled for readers of all ages and inspired by the accomplishment of these creators." — Sheree Fitch, Award Winning Author of The Gravesavers