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Hall, Algy Craig and Pye, Ali: The Deep Dark Wood.

Hall, Algy Craig And Pye, Ali

The Deep Dark Wood

Orchard, 2015, pp32, 6.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 40832 515 5

First we are introduced to the deep dark wood, of witches, trolls, giants ... and the big bad wolf. Then a sweet little girl trots into the frame.. 'Doesn't she know it's dangerous here?' So far, so satisfyingly scary for the young reader. The story continues, and those young readers familiar with Red Riding Hood will recognise the danger for sweet little girl as she sets off under the protection of sly Mr Wolf.

On the way we meet three monsters, a witch, smelly old troll and hungry giant. Mr Wolf deliciously bristles and grizzles, as he scares away the witch, bristles and grizzles and claws and gnaws as he scares that troll away and finally bristles and grizzles and claws and gnaws and howls and growls as, increasingly frightened himself, Mr Wolf manages to scare away the enormous hungry giant.

Mr Wolf and the sweet little girl finally arrive at best friend's cottage. The observant young reader may begin to wonder at this stage about best friend, her house seems to be covered in cobwebs. In fact, in a satisfying plot twist from the Red Riding Hood frame, best friend is a big scary monster. Mr Wolf can't hear sweet little girl's invitation to stay to tea, he is running away as fast as he can back to the safety of the deep dark wood.

The Deep Dark Wood will delight young readers. The text is a joy to read aloud, the illustrations and page layout imaginative, and just scary enough to engage but not overwhelm the young reader. A picture book for many young readers to treasure.

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Author:Graham, Lynda
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Date:Jun 22, 2015
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