Once Upon a Wild Wood

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What to expect

Little Green Raincape is on her way to Rapunzel’s party, deep in the wild woods. The way is long and dark, but Green is a smart girl. Smart enough to turn down apples offered by kindly old ladies, smart enough to turn down travel advice from helpful wolves, and above all, smart enough to solve a wealth of classic fairy tale problems – not least mend a lovelorn beast’s broken heart.

Once Upon a Wild Wood is a richly imagined story packed full of familiar fairy tale characters as you’ve never seen them before. Including Red Riding Hood, Thumbelina, Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, the three bears, the seven dwarfs and many more!

Critics Review

  • A smart young heroine, playful storytelling full of wit and detail, and rich, layered pictures in his unique style

    The Bookseller, Editor's choice
  • Chris Riddell’s Once Upon a Wild Wood is an elegant subversion of the fairytale canon […] Riddell’s layered landscapes, full of sly detail, invite exploration.

    The Guardian
  • Riddell’s drawings lend old-fashioned enchantment to this thoroughly modern tale

    Daily Telegraph
  • The details are joyous and the text is wryly witty. Supreme draughtsmanship and the chance for children to feel knowing make this book a winner.

    Sunday Times
  • There’s extraordinary detail in the illustrations and, while children will enjoy spotting the familiar faces, the way in which Riddell subverts the original stories introduces a fresh take on age-old adventures, heroes and villains.

    Mail Online
  • Former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell weaves a wonderful fantasy adventure around some of the best loved fairy story characters in this hugely attractive and thoroughly entertaining picture story book.

    Love Reading

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