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Into The Forest

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  574 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
One night a boy is woken by a terrible sound. A storm is breaking, lightning flashing across the sky. In the morning Dad is gone and Mum doesn't seem to know when he'll be back. The next day Mum asks her son to take a cake to his sick grandma. Don't go into the forest, she warns. Go the long way round! Ages 6+.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2004 by Walker Books
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Aug 12, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Well, ok, I watched it being read aloud on youtube. The reader did a good job of making the boy's quest echo his anxieties but without making the listener feel terribly creeped out. Definitely for children old enough to know the original tales. Remember, it's the grandmother who planted the stories in the boy's imagination!

Browne's art, as usual, is amazing. For example, the use of black & white sometimes, color others, is akin to that of the movie of The Wizard of Oz, but reversed. Discuss
Angela Treacy
Mar 03, 2012 Angela Treacy rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully illustrated book about a young boy who wakes up one morning to find that his Dad is nowhere to be seen. He asks his mother but she doesn’t seem to know either which increases the distress of the boy. Mum then asks him to take some cake to Grandma who is sick. The boy obliges but on his way to Grandma’s takes a shortcut through the forest, despite Mum’s warning not to. In the forest the boy meets several characters from other children’s fairytales and describes clearly how h ...more
Nojood Alsudairi
Mar 31, 2008 Nojood Alsudairi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A breath-taking picture book. It starts with the father leaving home, goes deep into the forest with the boy's mixed feelings and ends up by the boy taking his father back where he belongs. Going into the forest (the non real world) ,as the only colored object, shows us the boy's inside tormoile. finding a red jacket, just like red-riding-hood's indicates both danger and wormth. His grandmother's house is not that of a dangerous wolf's but of an end to his troubles. What not to love about this b ...more
Sep 25, 2016 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Solicité este libro en la biblioteca para practicar mi pronunciación del inglés, así que esperaba encontrarme con una historia súper tierna y liviana, pero no, la historia es perturbadora, en serio qué onda!!? Las ilustraciones, la abuela, el Papá qué hacía con ella. Asombrada
Laura Rumohr
Oct 06, 2009 Laura Rumohr rated it it was ok
Although the text in Into the Forest is minimal and somewhat simple, the book is intended for readers in grades 2-5. This story is based on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood story. It begins with a young boy who wakes up during a terrible thunderstorm. When he gets up he and his mother sit silently at the breakfast table wondering where his dad could be because he never came home. Then his mother asked the boy to go visit his grandma because she wasn't feeling well. Much like the tr
Amy Reid
Feb 13, 2014 Amy Reid rated it really liked it
At the beginning of the story a boy discovers that his father is gone. It is a sad, disturbing story which highlights children's worries and anxieties. The boy's Mum asks him to take a cake to his Grandma's house. He decided to take the shorter route through the forest where he meeets characters that represent Hansel and Gretel, Jack, Goldilocks while the boy himself is playing the role of red riding hood. ALthough the illustrations would be quite scary to young children, they are very creative ...more
Feb 19, 2012 Gary rated it it was amazing
A boy discovers that his father is gone and when he asks his mother she didn’t seem to know. The image of his mother and the boy appear very sad, so sad that it made me wonder what happened to the dad. The longing for dad to come home is significantly highlighted by the number of ‘come home dad’ signs which have been left all over the house by the boy.

He takes a cake to his grandma’s house and decided to take the shorter route, for the first time, so he may have a chance of being home to catch d
CH13_Caitlin Murphy
The illustrations in this book had me turning back through the pages to find more details that I may have missed the first time around. While the general theme of this book is similar to the traditional Little Red Riding Hood story, Into The Forest has a deeper underlying message. It is told in first person by a boy who's father suddenly goes missing in the middle of the night. The next day the boy is asked by his mother to take a basket to his sick grandmother. Instead of taking the safe path, ...more
Shifa Ahmed
May 02, 2012 Shifa Ahmed rated it it was amazing
Into the Forest. By Anthony Browne

This book is a beautifully illustrated retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and along the way the reader uncovers characters and objects from other folk and fairy tales.
The story is about a young boy who wakes up one morning to find his father gone. The boy’s mother did not know when his father would be back. His mother asks him to take a cake to his grandmother, but warns him not to take the shortcut through the forest. Obviously, he takes the shortcut, meets m
Feb 16, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Anthony Browne's illustrations are fabulous as ever, but I think he was 'smoking' something when he wandered into the woods.

I see that he had fun with the various fairy tales making their entrance, but their purpose was a tad obscure. I'm interested in his thoughts on the boy being the only piece of colour (& the red coat) in the woods. Perhaps these were the only things that were real in the woods - everything else was imagination and nightmare. Dunno. Too odd. Still love those illustration
Jun 17, 2012 Fjóla rated it liked it
This is a tricky one. I'm really ambivalent about it, and I think I'd like to come back to it in a couple of years, when we are a little older. I generally like Anthony Browne's books, because there's always something interesting going on in them, and the illustrations are stunning, but at the same time his books can be eerie, and this one most certainly is ...
Emmeline Guest
Oct 09, 2009 Emmeline Guest rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A beautifully illustrated book that would make a good addition to a philosophical collection for children (if you happen to have one ...). A lovely retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are in the sense that it takes one little boy on a n unforgettable journey through a mystical forest, while exploring childhood fears ,anxieties, and imagination .
Jan 10, 2014 Aszerina rated it did not like it
This is quite a gloomy, scary book. It takes a different spin on little red riding hood and has quite a different twist in the ending. I am not sure that I would use this during my teaching but may have it in the book corner, if I was in year 5 or 6. I did not really enjoy this book, but some children may enjoy it, however.
Nov 29, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it

A book with lovely illustrations and an engaging story. Browne intertwines old faovurite fairytales with his own tale. Suspensful.
Ely (Tea & Titles)
Another picture book for class. This was okay, but nothing overly special.
Shows what it's like to be anxious and a child. Brilliant.
Lee Peckover
May 08, 2017 Lee Peckover rated it liked it
Read this with my year 1 class. Reviews from the class were mixed. A lot of the children didn't like the story and after discussion a few of them decided they had read a lot of better books already this year.

Some children were positive, discussing some of the nice pictures and the happy ending, but for the most part this was deemed average.

For my own part, I did not think this was a great book for use in school. Very average.
Album assez pratique pour travailler les stratégies de compréhension en lecture de l'enseignement réciproque.
De plus, les illustrations contiennent de nombreuses références à différents contes, ce qui rend l'analyse des images d'autant plus intéressante pour les élèves.
Feb 09, 2017 Marta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: livros-infantis
Uma ilustração MAGISTRAL!
Os meus filhos até acharam que se tratava de fotografia!
It sure what to think of this book. This symbolism excepted me and my kids.
Sep 16, 2016 Rebecca rated it liked it
The title of this book, Into the Forest, is posted on a gray sign, which is nailed to the trunk of a gray tree, along a white path that leads into a gray forest. Anthony Browne's own name is camouflaged in the gray of leaves at the bottom of the cover. Walking prominently, in full color, at the center of the cover is our main character, a nameless little boy. Browne invites us to walk with this boy through a family dilemma in this tale. And, typical of Browne's style, we have to navigate our way ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Ubalstecha rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Our main character, a young boy, wakes to find his father gone, and his mother unsure of when he will return. The boy is then given a basket full of treats and sent to his grandmother's with a firm warning to take the long way. He takes the short way in order to get the errand done quickly in case his dad comes back Along the way, the young boy encounters Jack, Goldilocks and Hansel and Gretel. He then finds a red coat and puts it on, which makes him feel like he is being followed. He arrives at ...more
Elizabeth Menchaca
Sep 09, 2014 Elizabeth Menchaca rated it it was ok
This book tells the story of a young boy who wakes up and finds that his dad is gone and his mom does not know where he is or when he will return, he really misses his dad and is eagerly awaiting his return. The next day his mother asks him to deliver a cake to his grandmother, who is ill and even though he is scared he decides to take a short cut through the mysterious forest. Along the way he encounters strange people and experiences unthinkable things. He then recalls a story his grandmother ...more
Jeff Fortney
Sep 07, 2014 Jeff Fortney rated it really liked it
In Anthony Browne’s “Into The Forest,” he retells the old Red Riding Hood tale in his own special way.
The title page shows the forest through a window with a “Come Home Dad” sticjer on it. The story begins with a scared little boy waking up in a storm and finding that his dad is gone…for who knows how long or where. He labels everything in the house with “Come home Dad” labels. As in Red Riding Hood, the boy is sent to Gramma’s house with a basket of goodies. He is also told to NOT go through th
Todd Strader
Oct 14, 2016 Todd Strader rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Recently I read 20 picture book depictions of Little Red Riding Hood in preparing to write my own version. Of the twenty, several stood out to me as outstanding for one reason or another. This was one of those.

Into The Forest by Anthony Browne was a standout for the way in which it treats the subject of anxiety. Anthony obviously knows what it is like to suffer from the irrational fears of anxiety. Something we experience in my family. He writes with understanding, in veiled artistry. If you hav
Nhi Le (The Literary Bystander)
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Oh my god, I never thought I'd be reading an Anthony Browne book for any of my uni classes (to be fair, I didn't think we'd be reading Game of Thrones or Twilight either, so there you go). Okay, admittedly I didn't take much note of the author until I found out that he wrote the Willy series (stop giggling, we're not twelve anymore) and I have pretty fond memories of reading those books, as well having them being read to me on Playschool b
Oct 11, 2010 529_allie rated it it was ok
Shelves: traditional-lit
The story begins when a young boy is woken in the middle of the night by a loud noise. When he wakes up in the morning his mom informs him that his dad is gone, and she is not sure when he will return. A day later his mother asks him to bring a cake to his sick grandmother. She reminds him to go the long way, and not through the forest. However the boy does not want to take too long, in case his dad come home, so he cuts through the forest. Along the way he comes across a boy trying to sell him ...more
Sunah Chung
This book is about a boy who takes a cake to his sick grandmother by his mother’s request. The overall storyline is a reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood.

Into the Forest grabs the attention of readers not only by the story but also by the artworks. On the book cover, there is a forest in shades of gray. The sharp branches of trees and the color make the overall mood of the forest creepy except the boy who is holding his basket in bright colors. A couple of first pages guide readers to immerse
Rebecca Ann
In this story a boy wakes up to find his father is gone and is really distressed by it. When his mother asks him to take a cake to his sick grandmother, she warns him to take the long way around and not to go through the woods. He goes into the forest anyway and meets some fairy-tale characters who all try to get the cake from him (Jack, Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel). He takes on the role of little red riding hood, and there is a lot of tension when he opens the door to his grandmother's house. ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Kelly added it
Kelly Wiegand
April 27, 2015
EDL54500 Library Materials for Children and Youth

Title: Into the Forest

Author: Anthony Browne

Plot: When a boy doesn't know where his father went, his mother sends him on an errand to visit his sick grandmother and bring her a cake. When faced with a choice to take the long way around the woods or the shortcut through the woods, which his mother told him not to take, he chooses the short cut so he can be back to greet his dad when he returns. He meets many interesting
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Anthony Browne, a Hans Christian Andersen Medalist, is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including SILLY BILLY and LITTLE BEAUTY. He lives in Kent, England.
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