Friday 30 August 2013

LITTLE EVIE IN THE WILD WOOD, by Jackie Morris and Catherine Hyde. Reviewed by Saviour Pirotta

  • Author: Jackie Morris
  • Illustrator: Catherine Hyde
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847803717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847803719
A new Jackie Morris picture book is always something to look forward to.  Her texts, often lyrical and always evocative, have a haunting quality that stays with you for a long time. Her exquisite, detailed, jewel-like illustrations match the text completely, usually providing an extra layer of meaning to the story.

In Little Evie In The Dark Wood, she excels herself with a simple story that takes Little Red Riding
Hood as its starting point but moves in an unexpected and beguiling direction.  Little Evie, dressed in a red coat, skips over the stile at the end of the path and enters the unchartered territory of the wild wood.  She has with her a picnic basket.  The animals in the wood all sound a warning, but who is Evie likely to run into and what will happen when she does?

The beautiful text is a perfect foil for Catherine Hyde's illustrations, broad canvasses full of earthy tones that hum with life and colour.  A perfect little treat of a book.  Read it at bedtime or take with you on a picnic and share in the great outdoors.

Saviour Pirotta



maryom said...

It's such a beautiful book, isn't it? and I love the twist to the tale of Red Riding Hood.

Saviour Pirotta said...

It's awesome, Maryom. Such a great twist on the folk tale.

adele said...

I am going to write a review of it soon on my's gorgeous, isn't it? Words and pictures in perfect harmony!

Saviour Pirotta said...

It's a treat, Adele, and one I can see working in schools really well.

Penny Dolan said...

Even the title sounds delicious - in a suspenseful, tickling sort of way. And those illustrations!

Anonymous said...

I've just read this to my children. What a stunning, touching, deep, beautifully illustrated book. Love it!

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