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The Tea Party in the Woods

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  697 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
Kikko sets out after her father with a forgotten pie for Grandma. When she arrives at a strange house in the wintry woods, a peek in the window reveals that the footprints Kikko had been following did not belong to her father at all, but to a bear in a long coat and hat! Alice in Wonderland meets Little Red Riding Hood in this charmed tale.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Kids Can Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Mar 15, 2016 Eve rated it really liked it
Originally published in 2010 in Japan under the title Mori no Oku no Ochakai e, Kids Can Press translated and reprinted this edition in 2015. It’s a delightful book sketched mostly in black and white. In it, Kikko sets out to deliver a homemade pie to her grandmother through a wooded winter land. In the process she drops and ruins the pie. Lost and in despair, she comes across an interesting tea party in the woods full of furry, helpful friends.

I’ve yet to come across a Kids Can Press book that
Dec 27, 2015 Betsy rated it it was amazing
There are picture books out there that feel like short films. Some of the time they’re adapted into them (as with The Snowman or The Lost Thing or Lost and Found) and sometimes they’re made in tandem ( The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore). And some of the time you know, deep in your heart of hearts, that they will never see the silver screen. That they will remain perfect little evocative pieces that seep deep into the softer linings of a child’s brain, changing them, affecting them, ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful children's picture book, the story of a young girl's walk through the woods on the way to her grandmother's house with a pie. Yes it echoes some other tales but it is distinctive in the use of gentle and welcoming animals in the woods, depicted in charcoal drawings (everything is largely black and white in this winter tale). I do recommend this to share with children in your life.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest revi
3.5 stars The Tea Party in the Woods is perhaps a modern re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, but there’s plenty of twists and turns along the way that makes it a very creative and very fresh story in its own right. You can already tell by the cover that the woods in Kikko’s world is very different from the woods in Little Red’s!

Our story begins with Kikko waking up to piles of snow outside. While Kikko is sitting in the kitchen, her father sets off for her Grandmother’s house to shovel the wal
Cornelia Funke
Jul 29, 2015 Cornelia Funke rated it it was amazing
Feast for the eyes, stunningly beautiful. One feels the texture of the paper and the chalk under one's fingers. And wouldn't we all want to find such company in the woods?:)
Sam Bloom
Aug 19, 2015 Sam Bloom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
If only more picture books were this weird and awesome at the same time.
Nov 26, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
My goodness, the illustrations in this one are wonderful! I'm no expert on this, but I believe everything has been drawn with crayons, using black mostly, but with colour splashes here and there, giving the book an eerie fairytale-like atmosphere.

It all begins with a Little Red Riding Hood retelling: a little girl sets out into the woods to bring a pie to her grandmother. I kept thinking it was about to get very creepy and if this hadn't been a children's book, the horror options would've been e
Amy Rae
How funny and fortuitous to read this immediately after The Bus Ride, another book that can tip its hat to Little Red Riding Hood in its inspiration. I liked The Tea Party in the Woods far better, though; I think I would have absolutely adored it as a child.

The art for this one is lovely, splashes of colour against a black-and-white-world. It gets across the feeling of winter--as well as the way ideas and specific objects can burst into one's thoughts. It's no coincidence that the most colourful
Barb Middleton
The illustrations in this book are wonderful. The author uses red and yellow to draw the eye to the page or highlight parts of the story. The mood and atmosphere of the forest is mystical and slightly scary. This Japanese author tells the story of a girl that goes through the woods to grandmother's house because her father left and forgot the pie. She follows like Little Red Riding Hood only to discover that the man in the coat in front of her is a bear. The animals are gathering and she's ...more
May 03, 2016 Kenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens

Beutifully drawn, the writing is simple and pure. I loved the book. Words here fail me, so I'll let the pictures do the talking for me ...



Niki (Daydream Reader)
I finally read this gem. It just seems like a classic. I love the story and the wonderful pictures! A beautiful, magical and kind story.
Mar 02, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
This is a sweet little picture book, originally in Japanese, of a girl having to deliver goodies to her grandmother, by going through the woods to her house. But instead of meeting a wolf, she meets a bear and a goat, and a bunch of other animals that I wouldn't have though of meeting in a wood, but then, I would have thought of all of these animals wearing clothes, and living in a grand house int he woods either.

The animals welcome her to their tea party and even help her restore the pie that s
The story was a sweet play on Red Riding Hood, but I found the illustrations rather bleak and almost a bit scary.
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Jul 19, 2015 Michelle (FabBookReviews) rated it really liked it
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Miyakoshi's The Tea Party in the Woods is an elegantly illustrated, softly told tale that has- like many classic children's tales- surreal undercurrents. When we begin the story, we're introduced to young Kikki who goes running off after her father into the snow covered woods. She has with her a delicious pie and struggles to catch up to him. Someone wearing a distinguished coat appears in the distance and Kikko runs to them believing them to be her father. But it is, as the book description tel
Polenth Blake
Kikko is taking a pie to Grandma, after her father forgets to take it. She ends up lost in the snow, but stumbles across an unusual tea party.

This is a whimsical adventure, about finding animals wearing clothes who are having a tea party. There are some creepier moments, such as Kikko getting lost in the woods, and the uncertainty of how the animals will react when they first see her. However, the overall tone is one of warmth and strangers helping each other out.

The artwork is charcoal and penc
First I would like to thank netgalley for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for a review.

As a future elementary teacher I have taken up to checking out and looking into children's books. And this one caught my attention by the cover. I know - never judge w book by its cover. But I love a winter book and this cover had the snow, the little girl, and the little animals we see in the woods.

The book was very cute and it is a book I plan on sharing with the kids I nanny.

The writing
Jul 20, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An odd but rather wonderful book about a girl's trip through the woods to bring a pie to her grandmother. I love the illustrations, which are mostly monochromatic grayscale except for the girl's bright yellow hair, red skirt & hat, and a few more perfectly placed touches of brightness later in the story. The book has been compared to a less alarming version of Red Riding Hood or Alice in Wonderland, and that's true, but I also see hints of Goldilocks and the Narnia stories. It definitely has ...more
A young girl, Kikko, sets off to catch up with her father so they can deliver a pie to her grandmother. It’s lonely to walk in the woods by herself, but she soon spies her father and is relieved. What happens next is a welcome few would imagine, except a young child, in need of some companions. It’s a lovely imaginative tale, with snowy woods and a house full of animals Kikko has never seen before. In beautifully charcoal-drawin illustrations, it’s all black and white with bits of color in a ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Soudha rated it liked it
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This lovely story, with its sympathetic heroine and gorgeous charcoal illustrations, is very likely to please kids. The artwork was amazing. The colour palette was a rather subdued one, using mostly a black charcoal style, which worked really well with the tone and snowy setting of the story. I would have rated it slightly higher had the story had a bit more depth. I personally found the story to be too simplistic. Like I said though, children are sure to find this beautifully illustrated book ...more
Aug 28, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is the third Kids Can picture book I've read in a row and they've all been winners (Worms by Friot, The Sepcific Ocean by Maclear, and this one). In this case, a girl gets lost in the woods following what she thinks is her father only to discover it's a bear in a suit! And he's going to an animal tea party! They welcome her into the party and even give her more pie to replace the pie she was supposed to bring to her grandmother's but got squished. A wonderfully magical story.
Jul 10, 2015 Noura rated it liked it
The story itself was quite lovely in that it gave a new spin to an age old tale but my favourite thing was the illustrations. They were striking and the muted colours lend an air of warmth to them that you felt transported to the stories setting.
More books ought to be translated by this author so everyone can experience her work.
May 14, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
This is a haunting picture book that is more mood than story. The charcoal illustrations with splashes of red and yellow are perfectly suited for the story of a young girl's fantastical encounter in the woods. With nods to Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood, this is an evocative story that will leave readers longing for a tea party of their own.
May 28, 2015 Chinook rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, 1-kindle, net-galley
That was lovely. It would be fun to read with a child after Little Red Riding Hood and have them make predictions as they story proceeded. I liked the theme of independence and bravery. And the illustrations are lovely!
Feb 01, 2016 Jesse rated it it was ok
Not a fan of the illustrations at all. The story was okay. The only redeeming quality for me was the two page spread of pie. Yum!
Dec 27, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommended by my mom thanks to my enthusiasm for pie. Love the full color spread toward the middle of the story. Did Kikko really find that house in the middle of the woods? Or did she imagine it?
This is one of my recent favorites -- story-wise, and illustration-wise. I love the use of color, and bending of reality.
Very appealing 'against type' storyline in this gorgeous, contemplative picturebook. I would love to own a copy.
Krista (She Reads Many Books)
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a cute story filled with beautiful illustrations. In a loose way, it reminds me of Beatrix Potter's work.
Nov 02, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Charming. Narnia-esque. Little Red Riding Hood - esque. Winter. Food. Pie. Animals. Community.
Nov 08, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
A cute story and lovely illustrations. I loved seeing all of the animals together for their grand party!
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Akiko Miyakoshi (1982–) was born in Saitama Prefecture, and graduated from the Department of Visual Communication Design at Musashino Art University. Her picture book Taifū ga kuru (Typhoon Comes) won the Nissan Children’s Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix in 2009, and her Mori no oku no ochakai e (The Tea Party in the Woods) garnered the Japan Picture Book Awards Grand Prize in 2011. Her ...more
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