The Call of the Wild by Jack London was published in 1903 and is partly based on the author’s true-life experiences in the Yukon. Set in Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, this is an adventure story of a spoilt, kidnapped California ranch dog named Buck, his transformation into an Alaskan sled dog, and his adoption into a wild wolf pack.
The newest screen version of this classic is currently hitting the cinemas and it’s a family-friendly version of the story making it more appropriate for a younger audience, aged 9+ years. In this 21st century version, we view the film through the CGI version of Buck as the themes of courage, perseverance, resilience and teamwork are explored.
Read the book, then see the movie and decide whether you think the differences between the book and the movie are justified by opening up the story to one the whole family can enjoy.