Into the Woods Paperback
by Lyn Gardner
Taking inspiration from numerous fairytales and weaving them into a wholly original story, "Into The Woods" is a whirlwind of a novel, full of imaginative happenings, dastardly deeds and thrilling adventure.
Our guides are three sisters: Storm, Aurora and Anything Eden.
Accidentally orphaned and left to fend for themselves in a decaying mansion on the edge of the wilds, they come to the very much unwanted attention of the sinister Dr DeWilde: a scar-faced gentleman with a pied waistcoat and an unhealthy interest in rats.
He's after a tiny little musical pipe that Storm has inherited, and he'll stop at nothing to get it.
Fleeing into the woods, our courageous and eccentric sisters evade kidnap (almost), resist the temptation of sweet-filled orphanages (nearly!), and begin a treacherous journey across raging rivers, over mountains of ice, through deathly silent ghost towns and beyond the lairs of child-eating ogresses.
With ravenously hungry wolves snapping at their heels every step of the way!
Featuring wonderful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Mini Grey, "Into The Woods" is a classic tale with a very modern twist and will delight readers of every generation.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 01/08/2007
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780552554596
- Hardback from £10.19
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Review by ElizaJane
Aurora and Storm are left alone to look after their baby sister when their mother dies and their father leaves. With her dying breath, the mother bequests a musical pipe to Storm and tells her to use it wisely. Dr. DeWilde learns of the pipe and comes for it, forcing the children to run from him. As the children's flight progresses they learn what the Dr. is really up to and one of them is kidnapped. Now the remaining two girls must rescue their sister and stop the Doctor's evil scheme. On their journey the girls meet up with many fairy tale places and personages: the town where the Pied Piper played, a gingerbread house that enchants them, an ogress, wolves in the forest and more. This book was a lot of fun to read. It is also a quick read, even though it is thick, as it has large text and plenty of illustrations. The girls each have a distinct character and the baby sister is hilarious, rather like Sunny from Unfortunate Events. Ultimately, a good fun read with no deeper meanings that will appeal to the 8-11 crowd and anyone older who loves to read children's books.