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Into The Forest

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  369 ratings  ·  74 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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Nojood Alsudairi
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
Amy Reid
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
Laura Rumohr
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
Angela Treacy
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
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
Nicky Bishop
A boy is woken in the night by a storm, in the morning his Dad is gone. The boy’s Mother asks him to go and look after his sick Grandma, but warns the boy ‘don’t go into the forest’ on the way. The boy ignores the warning and decides to take the short route through the forest where he meets a host of different characters and soon realises he should have listened to his Mother.

The most appealing thing about this book, like a lot of Anthony Browne’s books, is the illustrations. The text is very br
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
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
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.
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
Elizabeth Menchaca
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
This story is based on the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood. It begins with a young boy who wakes up during a storm to find that his dad is nowhere to be seen. His mother asks him to take a basket to his Grandmother’s house and warns him not to take the short cut through the forest. The boy ignores this and meets a variety of characters on route to Grandma’s house. Finally he finds his dad at Grandma’s house too.

This book is recommended for young children in Foundation Stage or Key St
Jeff Fortney
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
Emmeline Guest
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 .
Bonnee Crawford
This book was amazing, I loved all of the references to various fairy tales that you notice as you analyse the pictures. I'm sure some school teachers will have a lot of fun with their little kids getting them to point out all of the intertextual references.

The story itself is a nice spin on Little Red Riding Hood with a male protagonist, and instead of a big bad wolf, the antagonist is the child's own mind. This story also makes a comment on family structure and depending how you interpret the
The most amazing children's picture book! The illustrations are totally jaw dropping. Such detail and skill. I am a teacher and my class have been doing a topic on clothing so Little Red Riding Hood was a perfect choice. This book blew me away and I am pleased that my class were deeply moved by the story and the illustrations. It was a story when you could hear a pin drop, lots of children brimming up with tears and lumps in their throat. We used pastille colours to make illustrations in the sam ...more
Mary Refalo
Into the Forest is the story of a boy whose father is suddenly missing. It invites the reader to confront the feelings of the protagonist and his mother in the face of family breakdown through the appropriation of traditional fairy tales, particularly Little Red Riding Hood. The written text is deceptively simple, but its simplicity allows a deeper exploration of the issues and emotions being conveyed. This picture book would work for all Stage 4 students, but particularly below stage readers. I ...more
Bianca Wilkinson
The illustrations in this book are very detailed and tell a story in themselves. I enjoyed reading the book as the end wasn't as I expected but it was nice that it needed well for the little boy (main character).

The main plot is a little boy who is upset as his dad isn't home and his mum has no idea where he is. His mum then sends him to his grandmas house to deliver a cake and she tells him not to go through the forest. However the little. Oh doesn't listen and on his way through the Forest he
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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
Another beautifully illustrated Anthony Browne book. I like to use this one with grades 3+ to teach about making connections with a story. There are suggestions of popular Fairy Tales through the illustrations and the protagonist in the book is making connections too! The illustrations have so many hidden elements and messages - I have had some older children identify the black-and-white illustrations as the boy's imagination and the colour as reality. The older children do find the ending a bit ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nicole by: Rebecca Ware
Into the Forest is a story about a little boy's overactive imagination. He takes a cake to his Grandmother's house, going via the forest, against his mother's wishes. The illustrations are what makes the story; elements of so many fairytales are visible.
I was suggested this as an example of persuasive writing, but am not sure I agree. I could however, use it as an example of lack-lustre arguments (they go with the story), or even of subliminal messages.The story, itself, though, is wonderful and
Shows what it's like to be anxious and a child. Brilliant.

Into the Forrest is a picture book for younger readers that loosely retells the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. In Into the Forest, the young male protagonist is given the task of bringing items to his sick grandmother. In order to do so, he must travel through the woods. In this story, there is an additional problem - the boy's father is missing, which cause the boy much distress. As the boy travels through the woods, he encounters many different characters - none of which h
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
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
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
This book is about a boy who wakes up one morning and his father is gone and his mother doesn't seem to know where he went or when he will return. She has him take some cake to his grandmother, so since he wants to be home fast in case his dad returns, he chooses to take the path throught the forest. In the forest, he encounters characters from other fairy tales who want to trade his cake for something or just take it. All these characters are sad and crying. Suddenly he sees a red coat with a h ...more
Mike Romesburg
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What a gorgeous and atmospheric book. The illustrations as usual in an Anthony Browne book are stunning, especially the little boy in full colour against the grey background. It is a take on Little Red Riding Hood. The despair from the little boy when his Dad is missing seeps off the page and it is such an engaging book for young readers. I loved the little stickers saying "come home Dad" which he stickes everywhere in the house. The ending is lovely as well.
Great picture book!
Anthony Browne was a favourite author-illustrator of mine when I was young so it was with a nostalgic rush that I've sought out his books again. Into the Forest is his telling of Little Red Riding Hood but featuring a young boy in the starring role. His father has disappeared and so the boy sets out for Grandma's house in the woods. Along the way he meets various fairytale characters and the forest takes on anthropomorphic qualities around him, all rendered in grey while he is the only colour. T ...more
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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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