Following on from last week’s review of The Cave, here is my review of The Woods on its publication day.
Title: The Woods
Author: Rob Hodgson
Illustrator: Rob Hodgson
Three rather silly foxes are on the hunt for rabbits in the woods. They search high and low, through carrot fields and pumpkin patches, but the rabbits keep outsmarting them. Will they ever find any rabbits? And is something hunting them?
Rob’s illustration style from The Cave shines through again as he masterfully weaves a common focal point through the story: the “monster” that is following the foxes and which ultimately leads to yet another killer twist ending. My favourite spread is definitely the “twist” spread. But each spread will keep children engaged as they’ll love spotting the rabbits in the background who are constantly outfoxing the foxes.
I also loved how the three foxes were all different and unique. Rob uses this to great effect throughout the story and it adds impact to the ending. The foxes argue amongst themselves as they hunt which makes for some laugh out loud moments but also involves more grown-up language than was found in the cave (such as “numbskulls”).
Rob Hodgson is proving to be a master of picture book “killer twist endings”. This time it is done through his clever use of illustrations. The language feels a bit more grown up than in The Cave but is still packed with humour. And look out for another doughnut reference!
Picture Book Perfect Rating:
Four stars out of five.
Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books, Quarto Kids
Publication date: 4 April 2019
ISBN (HB): 978 1786032744
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with an advanced digital copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.