Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is a sweet story set in a town called Little Wood, “The tiniest town around,” that is inhabited by a variety of creatures including Mayor Owl, Mr. Turtle, Miss Tabby, Bear, Badger, Rabbit and Wolfie. The bright, eye-catching illustrations were created by photographing sets made of mixed materials including felt, wood and paper and featuring hand sewn felt animals by the author, a textile artist. In the story Wolfie, an artist, travels around town finding things to paint. She then invites everyone to “Wolfie’s Art Show” where readers and townspeople will spot many familiar faces in the paintings. This is a gentle story with a nostalgic feel and one hopes that there will be many more stories from Little Wood.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a lovely story that will enchant readers with its illustrations. Readers who enjoyed the classic The Lonely Doll series by Dare Wright will enjoy this new book filled with photographs of sets.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 11/10/17