Friday, October 16, 2015

The Woods by Paul Hoppe

The Woods 
by Paul Hoppe  
Picture Book
Chronicle Books
May 2011

Book Jacket Summary
Being afraid of the dark doesn't mean being afraid alone. When a boy can't find his favorite stuffed bunny, he bravely heads into the woods to look for it. Instead, he finds a big, scary brown bear! But the bear is just lonely, so the boy shares his night light and forges ahead with his new companion, until...they run into two frightening giants! As the boy continues on, he comes across other seemingly menacing creatures, but finds that—like him—they're just looking for some comfort and security before bedtime. Simple text and classic European style meet a fresh, modern twist in this delightful picture book.

My Thoughts
Scary things don't have to be scary in this picture book for bedtime. When a boy's stuffed bunny is missing he goes on a mission to find it. The woods are scary but it seems the residents are more scared than the boy. He helps the bear with his nightlight, soothes the bored giants with a book, and calms the three headed dragon with a hug. He still has to find his bunny in the deep dark cave. This is just the book to read at bedtime for children who might be afraid of the dark. Sometimes all you need to know is that the big scary monsters are more afraid than you.  
I love the illustrations in this book because they feel vintage but still new. I love the character designs for the "monsters" in this story. There is a 1940's cartoon edge to it that I adore. I would pick this one up at a bookstore because it is keeper.    

Book Pairings
Bedtime Monsters by Josh Schneider 
The Dark by Lemony Snicket


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