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The Woodsby Paul Hoppe
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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.
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What the story lacks in originality, Hoppe ("Hat," "Metal Man") makes up for with empathy and likability. There's a reason boys enjoy confronting big hairy monsters over and over again. " - The New York Times
"Readers looking for bedtime stories or tales involving sharing, bravery, or overcoming fear of the dark will be pleased with this endearing tale." - School Library Journal
The night light is on and the bedtime story firmly in the young narrator's grasp, but stuffed bunny is nowhere to be found! There's only one thing to do: He has to go into the woods, which are conveniently right next to his bedroom.
With a toy sword and a wastebasket serving as a helmet, he marches (in his pajamas) boldly ahead, right into the path of "a big, scary brown bear!" Luckily, the bear is scared of the dark too, so the boy shares his night light. The duo sets off into the deeper woods, where they meet two scary giants. These guys in green are just bored, so the boy shares his bedtime story with them. Off this quartet ventures, and comes upon a pink three-headed, fire-breathing dragon... And so on. The procession comes to a big scary dark cave and, holding hands, summon the courage to enter. Inside is a big, hairy, scary monster—holding a tiny red bunny! Mystery solved; the boy invites everyone back to his room, where a final illustration shows him smiling and clutching stuffed versions of all his banished fears. The refrain—"we weren't afraid at all. Until..."—sets a comfortable pattern, and the fuzzy watercolors on thick creamy stock enhance the coziness of the tale.
Hoppe's delightfully quirky monsters enhance this pleasant tonic for bedtime fears. (Picture book. 3-6)
- Chronicle Books LLC
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- Barnes & Noble
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 5 MB
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Paul Hoppe is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in various publications, including the New York Times and the New Yorker. Raised in Germany, he now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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This book is awesome - one of my three year-old's favorites. I have no idea what the one-star reviewer is talking about, unless s/he received a misprinted book.. The illustrations are fantastic. It's the right degree of spooky for a young child. It taught my kid to count to three :). Each page ends with "until..." at which point your child can guess/remember what spookiness comes next. Great book! (I only came to this page to see what other books Hoppe has written...)
The illustrations do not match the associated text - the illustrations are one page ahead of the referring text, ruining the 'surprise' nature of the story.
*ambushes* harry styles from one direction.
Woke with a startle and yawned, stretching. She shook her pelt of snowflakes and began to make her way back to camp, trying to not cry.