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Deep in the Woods

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Deep in the woods is a little wooden house, with nine neat windows and a red front door. When a little mouse decides it will make the perfect home, so do the other animals in the wood – including a great big bear!
But will the bear be able to put everything right when their home comes tumbling down? Find out in this beautifully illustrated retelling of a classic Russian fol
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published October 1st 2015)
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Miriam
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
Slight, brightly-colored "folk tale" (no notes provided) that is not about being deep in the woods but about animals happily sharing a small but crowded house. Yay cooperation!

I did not care for either the writing or the illustration, although I appreciate the positive message.

Aside: I learned of artist Christopher Corr from his cover illustration for

so it was a little odd to search online and find that everything else he's done is peppy and brightly colored and upbeat.
BE GLUMMER, MAN!
Sanja_Sanjalica
So fun with great illustrations.
Donalyn
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whimsical, bright illustrations with a nice message about finding room for everyone.
Shiloah
Those illustrations! So vibrant. ❤ ...more
Mary
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While this is a good story about friendship and working together to find happiness for everyone, I wasn't tremendously thrilled with the presentation or the text itself. The colors are bright neon and can be hard on the eyes. The presentation of the cover makes it feel like a traditional folk tale, however, which I did like.
Samantha
A folktale in which an inviting little wooden house in the woods becomes home to a mouse, a frog, a rabbit, a beaver, a fox, a rooster, a deer, a red squirrel, an owl, 2 magpies, and a woodpecker. They all live there happily until a big brown bear wants to move in. Try as the bear might though, he just doesn't fit, and when he tries to live on the roof, the little house collapses.

In the end, the only thing left to do is to rebuild, but this time Bear constructs a house that is able to fit all th
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Emily
Incredibly striking and unique illustrations, honestly had a hard time reading because I couldn’t focus on the words over the beautiful color palettes of the pictures
Fede
Very simple story but the illustrations are amazing!
Jennifer Vuillermet
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-love
Children in grades K-2 will love Deep in the Woods. As the folk tale opens, a cute, inviting little house sits empty and sad, deep in the woods. However, the house won’t be alone for long! A mouse stumbles upon the house, cleans it until it is squeaky clean, and moves in. But even the mouse won’t be alone for long! Page by page, other animals come knocking on the door, asking to live in the house. There is room for all of them, and the animals sing and dance and play into the night. However, whe ...more
Tasha
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book is a retelling of a classic Russian folktale. In the woods, there stands a little wooden house with nine windows and a red front door. When a little mouse discovers that it would make a perfect home, he is soon joined by several other animals until all of the windows and rooms are filled with happy animals living together. When a bear discovers the house though, he is far too large to even get in the red door. He keeps trying to enter the house and climbs onto the roof which co ...more
Amalia
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional
Awards: n/a

Appropriate grade level(s): kindergarten-2nd grade

Summary: This book tells the story of a bunch of forest animals that live together in a little wooden house they found in the woods. When a bear tries to move in, he accidentally crushes the house. With everybody's help, they build a new house that they can all live in together.

Review: This was an adorable book about friendship and community. This book is full of very colorful illustrations that not only help keep the reader engaged
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Marcia
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
From the gorgeous colorful endpapers to the bright and dazzling illustrations, this is a beautifully designed book. A gentle tale about a variety of animals who despite being very unlike each other discover they can not only live together but can overcome a disaster by once again working together in order to not leave anyone out (especially a large bear who caused the house to fall down when he couldn’t fit inside.) Colors are like a brand new box of pastels of many shades.
June
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Russian folktale requests
Recommended to June by: capitolchoices.org
Russian folk tale of a bunch of animals joining one another to live in a deserted house. However, the bear doesn't fit and while he is trying to get in the house collapses. What will they all do now?
While the folk tale has a nice message the bright illustrations actually hurt my eyes and the retelling didn't draw me in.
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preschool thru 2nd grade
A charming retelling of a cumulative Russian folktale about animals in the forest looking to inhabit a peaceful home together. Kids and adults alike will love the vintage-inspired illustrations with appealing lustrous hues. A fun pick for a bedtime story. Recommended for preschool thru 2nd grade. Reviewed by: Miss Alyson, Youth Services, Vernon Area Public Library
Erin
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
neon bright, somewhat indian stylistically, detailed in places. ! animal friends one by one begin to live in a house with merriment. a bear wants to join but is too big. he climbs on top of the house, it falls, and all the animals are sad. He begins to build a new house and the animals join him. This one also fits him! Everyone celebrates!
Janet
I was captivated by this story and its pastel illustrations and the continuing addition of an animal to the house. No place in the book indicates that this is based on a Russian folktale, but the retelling definitely gives one that feeling. And who won't love those very tall pastel colored trees of this forest.
Teddy Desmarais
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BEAUTIFUL illustrations, electric, compelling, contemporary, deliciously intricate use of colour, character, mood and design. Using the colours of this book as inspiration for my apartment decor. Beyond WOWED.
Chance Lee
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-it
I like the illustrations -- animals and trees and musical instruments and parties painted with neon colors not even remotely close to anything found in nature. The book practically glows in the dark.
Aly
A charming retelling of a cumulative Russian folktale about animals in the forest looking to inhabit a peaceful home together. Kids and adults alike will love the vintage-inspired illustrations with appealing lustrous hues. A fun pick for a bedtime story. Recommended for preschool thru 2nd grade.
Rebecca
A Russian folktale reminiscent of "The Mitten" that would make a great storytelling or flannel. But then you'd miss the folk-art style illustrations that are definitely modern due to the inclusion of neon colors. A feast for the eyes.
Cynthia
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A case could certainly be made for this being a cautionary tale about the perils of ignoring consent, but the illustrations were cute and compelling, and the story was a good one for small ones with its repetitive nature.
robyn
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i liked the story up to a point, but where publisher's weekly says the artowrk "mesmerizes," i found it distracting, almost garish. but i would use it as a read aloud to show cooperation and acceptance of differences.
b.andherbooks
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
The actual "folk-tale" isn't all that inspiring, but the gorgeous color-saturated illustrations are worth it alone. Vintage with a great modern fell with the inclusion of some neon, the animals are so cute and the end-papers should be fabric for an adorable child's blanket.
Gordon
This retelling of a classic folk tale is enjoyable and colorfully illustrated. Deep in the Woods, by Christopher Corr teaches cooperation and community building among an unlikely group of animal friends.
Angelina
An OK folk tale, but the illustrations are not my favourite.
Lizzytish
A feast for the eyes and a charming folk tale about friendship.
Kate
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, 2017
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Katrina Clohessy
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Re-telling of a Russian folk tale about forest animals all trying to live together in a too-small house; repetition of one phrase over and over. Enchanting, vibrant, sometimes neon illustrations.
Melle
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: little kids who can appreciate pictures but maybe can't read yet
The illustrations are four-star in their complexity and use of color, but the writing was bland and utterly forgettable. Good book for readers who enjoy pictures more than story.
Nicole
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely illustrations and sweet message about making right mistakes made.
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