Culture & Criticism Since 2003
David Lubar is renowned for his ability to bring monsters to life on the grand landscape of the printed page. The Wavering Werewolf continues his benchmark Monsterrific Tales series and is likely to engage long-time fans who have followed his Weenies collections with such enthusiasm. The Wavering Werewolf reinvents the typical American classroom into a little-shop of horrors. At Washington Irving Elementary School where Norman goes to school, kids are being transformed into monsters. First his friends grow the extra hair and start growling, and then Norman undergoes the change. Is this a frightening storm? Or is the boy actually intrigued? Does it feel bad or good? Does he even want to go back to the face he used to wear? Lubar is an expert at speaking to the metaphysical world in a way that captivates the psyche of the child-reader. Following a sharp-as-nails plot-structure, Lubar uses strong characters with life-like personas to drive his stories (this world where fantasy and reality are separated only by a few subtle shades of gray). The Wavering Werewolf puts the best of David Lubar’s work on display in a story that ultimately compels his readers to locate the animal-self within.