Into the Forest by Anthony Browne

Not strictly a fairy tale book but it taps into the reader’s knowledge of fairy tales. In this tale we find that the main character is worried about the where about of his father who he thinks had disappeared without saying goodbye. His father’s missing status and the boys anxiety is underlined by all the come home stickers. Mum’s unexplained sadness adds to the feeling of abandonment. Mum puts his mind at rest by explaining that Grandma is poorly and that Dad has gone to look after her. To help the young boy sets off into the forest to deliver with some goodies in a basket for his Grandma. Off he sets carrying his basket and wearing red shoes. This time it not the wolf who the main character meets on his way to Grandma but a selection of well-known fairy tale characters that have problems of their own. They also ask him for what’s in his basket or he feels he should help them; unfortunately this is not to be. Plunging deeper into the forest he begins to feel that he is being followed and he remembers his Grandma’s tales of the wolf. Imagine his surprise when he saw a red duffel coat hanging in a tree just as he thought of his Grandma. Putting the coat he approached Grandma’s house. But, is the house safe? The ears attached to the cottages roof make it look as if he is walking into the waiting mouth of the wolf. Yet on entry, there is Grandma safe with his father.

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I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.
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