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Into the Woods Hardcover – 31 Aug 2006
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"Flawless, feisty and fun-filled . . . I read this book at a gallop, chuckling aloud, enjoying the ingenious twists of the plot. Don't miss it" (Christina Hardyment Independant)
"A funky retelling of virtually every fairytale you can remember . . . A glorious mish-mash of ancient and modern . . . accompanying Gardner's merry bubbling pot of a text are some sly and clever drawings by Mini Grey" (Kathryn Hughes Guardian)
"It isn't often that reviewers, encounter a novel that reminds up why we wanted to write about books in the first place . . . I will say that if all the books I had to review were this good, I'd be happy ever after" (Tony Bradman TES)
"This is exhuberant and magical storytelling which takes on a further life when it's read aloud" (Books for Keeps)
"A unique and enchanting read. Highly recommended for anyone between the ages of 9 and 99" (Inis)
Three young sisters must defeat the evil Dr DeWilde before he takes control of the whole land with his wicked wolves and monstrous magic - but at what cost?See all Product description
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Vivid descriptions with the use of many adjectives in order to create a full picture (plus adding to the vocabulary). Rich and interesting characterisation showing the differences as well as the similarities inherent in siblings. There is an element of the nature versus nurture debate within the narrative comparing the way in which Aurora and Storm's childhood differed and ultimately affected their relationship.
The third person narration guides the reader through the story, helping tie all the threads together. Sometimes the plot seemed a little drawn out which might challenge the attention span of some younger readers.
A brilliant twist at the end of the story showing how important an education is even when it is not appreciated at the time. The touching bond between the sisters had me trying to imagine which one of my girls would suit each of the characters in this book.
The beautiful illustrations reinforced and complimented the storyline perfectly.
On the whole, a deliciously twisted modern take on traditional fairytales.
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