The Cottage in the Woods

The Cottage in the Woods

by Katherine Coville


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For fans of Shannon Hale, Adam Gidwitz, and Michael Buckley comes a luminous new twist on a tale readers only thought they knew. . .
Once upon a time, there was a girl with golden locks. But that’s just the beginning of this tale. The real story begins with a bear.
Ursula is a young she-bear who has come to work as a governess at the Vaughn estate. Although she is eager to instruct her young charge, Teddy, she is also frightened, especially when inexplicable things happen in the huge house after dark. Ursula is sure she has heard footsteps in the hallways at night, and that something is following her during her walks in the Enchanted Forest. Then there is Mr. Bentley, a young bear also employed by Mr. Vaughn, whose superior disposition is enough to drive Ursula to tears . . . and yet why does he also make her heart race? As Ursula works to unravel the mysteries of the Vaughn manor, she will have to be very, very careful. After all, true love, justice, and a girl with golden locks are at stake. And in the Enchanted Forest, not every fairy tale is destined for a happily ever after.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385755764
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 594,994
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Katherine Coville is an artist, a sculptor, and a doll maker. She has also illustrated more than 30 books, many written by her husband, Bruce Coville. Katherine lives in Syracuse, New York, with Bruce and a varying assortment of pets. This is her first book for young readers.

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The Cottage in the Woods 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I found this retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to be quite enchanting. It was much more complex and in depth than I expected once I found out it was classified as Juvenile Fiction in my library. The story was well written and engaging and made you want to learn more from the very first. Told by "Baby Bear" aka Teddy's governess, we get a point of view outside of what would be called the main characters in the original version. We get a little romance in the story, a lesson in acceptance and not judging others based upon appearance or station. I also adored how the author managed to intertwine a few other fairy tales in this retelling as well. Namely, The Pied Piper and The Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. It was intriguing to see how these stories all ended up intermingling in the author's version of Goldilocks. I definitely think it a shame to pigeon-hole this book as a children's book, because I do think that young adults and adults will enjoy it as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is amazing! I love the fact that Coville added in many fairytale characters to this enchanted land, including the famous goldilocks and three bears. I was hooked my page one. The story of a yound bear growing up was a great idea. Amazing job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book its so cozy and well its wonderful this is something very differnt from the athor im glad she made this book i hope she makes more books like this i love her get this book you wont be sorry somebody finally made a book that i wanted a cottage in the woods
Tamora_PierceSYR More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most unusual fairytale retellings I have ever read, and I would be saying so even if I didn't know the writer! In a way it's a new look at "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" from the point of view of the bears, but in a far larger way it is not. The bears are well-to-do, civilized people, citizens of a town that is half human and half beings from what we would recognize as fairytales. Apart from that, however, Coville has introduced some new wrinkles, particularly racism on the part of both populations, with violence rising in the human community. There is also a wonderful touch of romance for Ursula, the bear governess who comes to work with the family's son and ends up sheltering a human child who has been badly abused. Coville gives the fairytale characters their own, unique personalities, seldom all good or all bad. Ursula is a female hero who grows from girl into woman during the course of the book, finding the source of her own bravery, and the court trial is absolutely wonderful. It is a read for more advanced readers, but I'd also recommend it for parents to read it aloud, because it's the kind of book that begs for someone to interpret the different voices and talk about the ideas that are raised. Adult readers too will find it a fascinating read, and Katherine Coville a wonderful new writer to watch!