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The Deep Dark Wood

The Deep Dark Wood

About the Book

Author: Algy Craig Hall

Age Range: 0-2 Years 3-5 Years 5-7 Years

Publisher: Orchard

Price: £6.99, paperback


Everyone knows that the deep, dark wood is no place for the faint-hearted, and best avoided by the gullible, too.

The Gruffalo lives there, for a start – and although he doesn’t make an appearance in this particular story, there are plenty of other scary, half-familiar creatures lurking in the shadows, including witches, trolls and giants.

In this clever and funny, jumbled fairy-tale, a sweet little girl (dressed in red, naturally, and clutching a basket of goodies) skips her way safely along the path that leads to her best friend’s house, despite having attracted the attention and appetite of the most cunning and fearsome beast of all – the infamous big, bad wolf himself – right at the start of her journey.

How? By outsmarting him of course!

Algy Craig Hall’s understated but evocative prose is a pleasure to read aloud, and Ali Pye’s illustrations are the perfect blend of eerie and adorable, especially when it comes to the final, fabulous twist that leaves our heroine’s would-be predator hungry and will have your audience giggling with delight.

Can they imagine having a monster as a chum? What would he or she look like if they did?

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