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Abandoned at birth in the perilous Deepwoods, Twig Verginix is brought up by a family of woodtrolls. One cold night, Twig does what no woodtroll has ever done before – he strays from the path. So begins a heart-stopping adventure that will take Twig through a nightmare world of fearsome goblins, bloodthirsty beasts and flesh-eating trees. Can he discover the truth about hiAbandoned at birth in the perilous Deepwoods, Twig Verginix is brought up by a family of woodtrolls. One cold night, Twig does what no woodtroll has ever done before – he strays from the path. So begins a heart-stopping adventure that will take Twig through a nightmare world of fearsome goblins, bloodthirsty beasts and flesh-eating trees. Can he discover the truth about his past?Beyond the Deepwoods is the first book of the Twig Saga – second trilogy in The Edge Chronicles. Each book is a stand-alone adventure, so you can read The Edge Chronicles in any order you choose....

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Number of Pages : 278 Pages
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Beyond the Deepwoods Reviews

  • Phrynne
    2018-11-08 12:00

    One thing I will say for this author is that he is very good at making up magical creatures with amazing names and his illustrator is equally good at drawing them! The picture of Mag, the terrible termagant trog, straight after her change has to be seen to be believed:)This is a great read for all ages but especially for those younger readers who like to read something with a bit of bite to it. Not enough to give you nightmares, but plenty to think about. The story is good and follows young Twig who does not really know who he is and sets out on a journey of discovery. There is a very neat ending which simultaneously ties up the loose ends of this book and sets the scene for the sequel.Really intended as a book for young, young adults but equally readable for oldies with young hearts. Four stars for a fun read:)

  • Emily May
    2018-10-30 09:00

    Oh my god, what an entertaining and enjoyable read about adventure, hope and never giving up even in the most dire circumstances.I don't really know where to start with the story, there is so much going on and you as the reader really feel like you're right there in the adventure with Twig (who is a lovable little character), you follow him through impossible situations that he always manages to get out of because he's so filled with hope and spirit. This is one of those wild imagination books, the kind of magical fantasy world that doesn't come along too often, but it is so beautifully crafted that you simply cannot wait to explore more of the Edgeworld. It becomes a very real and frightening place to the reader, told in such a vivid way that you can just imagine every piece of it. You can feel the centuries old suspicions about certain creatures and places on the map, and if you aren't afraid of the Gloamglozer then you aren't human. The creatures are incredibly varied and often surprising... why isn't everyone reading this book?

  • Cindy
    2018-10-25 07:16

    I was really surprised about this book. Not because of the fact that it was bad. It was actually better then I thought it would be. The thing that surprised me is that this is considered a children's series and the rather disturbing stuff that goes on in here. I did love the fact that there was so many different creatures and adventures going on. Not one problem lasted so long. I do agree with the person that said they were surprised that the story got wrapped up so neatly with so much random stuff going on. This is definately not a book for those that want cutesy creatures. But if your looking for something that is a little odd, and a little different this is the book. The personal journey in this book at first started off like everyone else, the boy who doesn't belong is looking to belong. But so much more happened in this. Definately a good read.

  • Christina
    2018-11-14 08:56

    This is one of those series, like the famous Harry Potter, and like the Chrestomanci series of Diana Wynne Jones, that I used to fervently and desperately wish were real. Or rather, that felt so real incredibly real that I simply couldn't believe they weren't. Yes, my 11th birthday was somewhat spoiled with the absence of a letter from Hogwart's, but it's no time to dwell on that.I remember first reading this aged 11, at a very unhappy time in my childhood, and it was the very best escape into fantasy I could have hoped for. The world that Paul Stewart paints for us is simply magical, without leaning on all of the cliches of typical fantasy elements. It is entirely original, and wonderful.For me, this series is deeply, deeply underrated. I never hear it mentioned, and nobody I know seems to remember it from their own childhood. This list didn't mention it when I was surfing earlier. I am really shocked that it continues to lie so far under the radar.I have read the earlier books in the series dozens of times over the years, and have recently discovered a couple of newer ones that I haven't read, so I will be re-reading the entire series again. Every time I re-read them, the books never lose their magical quality, never become old. Definite 5-star.

  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    2018-10-18 10:20

    3 starsBook #1 of the series The Edge Chronicles I fell in love with Twig. Forever thinking he was a Wood Troll, when he finds out he is not, he starts a journey to find out who he is. Always in fear of the Gloamglozer, Twig navigates the woods full of nasty beasts and man eating trees. He encounters Hover Worms, Slaughterers, the Blood Oak, the Gyle Goblins, Rotsuckers, and Termagant Trogs, among others. Along the way he buddies up with the Banderbear and the Caterbird, who help him when most needed. Finally he encounters the Sky Pirates and finds his home. The book graphics are outstanding. Worth the read for that alone. This is a YA series. Good for cleaning your palette and tickling your funny bone.

  • Ryan
    2018-11-08 04:56

    The Good:Very imaginative and moody. The setting is dark and colourful and a little bit twisted, with frequent gross-out moments to appeal to the target audience. There is an extremely diverse cast of characters.The Bad:Many of the scenes appeared to randomly follow the last one, a theme repeated in the setting – a lot of bizarre stuff occurs for no given reason. The chief antagonist doesn’t play a significant role (view spoiler)[other than to assume disguise and inexplicably rescue the hero throughout the story (hide spoiler)].'Friends' character the protagonist is most like:Twig is a young boy who is looking for somewhere to fit in. So, Ross or Phoebe.

  • Saeed Mohamadi
    2018-10-16 10:56

    3 stars for the story and so many characters that beautifully described in so much details, wonderful graphics in the book and 1 star for the ending. It was a good end to the story, finishing first book with an appropriate plot for the main character to be introduced and leaving the reader in a position that they know it's the beginning of a great journey for him . Definitely going to read the next book in this trilogy.The best thing I enjoyed in this book was the vast numbers of metaphors that fit everyday life of ours.Saeed.

  • Daley
    2018-10-27 04:06

    Beyond the Deepwoods (Edge Chronicles, Book 1)After beginning this book, I figured out that it is actually written for children. At the time, I had no book to read. This book has been on my shelf for a few years. It was given to my partner as a gift and he was never interested in it. So, out of necessity to have something to read, I grabbed it.I was shocked at how much I liked it. It wasn't incredible, but it was very well written and the story was well thought out. It had a few twists and turns that I did not expect...actually, the entire book was a twist and a turn. There is constant action and the lead character goes from one problem to the next. A few of the main points of the story did surprise me and a few shocked me deeply.Even though this is written for children, it is a bit dark and some overbearing parents might not like their kids being exposed to situations like death even if they are artfully presented. I don't see the point in pretending children aren't humans like the rest of us, but I digress. There are many scenes that remind me of some of the movies from the 1980s with dark, odd puppetry characters. The book even has a few illustrations that put you in that frame of mind. However, I wouldn't call anything in this book scary. However, anticipation is constant.The main character is the usual weak male that finds his strength along the way, but the story is generally unique and pleasing. He always manages to find a way out of his situation. The main moral that this story centers around is the acceptance and promotion of individuality. The main character strays from the path and chooses adventure over assimilation. I can respect that.

  • Arielle Walker
    2018-11-16 08:59

    Every time I read this book I remember again how much I absolutely adore everything about it. The Edgeworld, the Deepwoods, the creatures and characters, the gorgeous sketches, the plot - EVERYTHING. I will, at some point, write an actual review but for now I'll just say (like a little kid) IloveitIloveitIloveit IwantitIwantitIwantit!

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-11-05 09:19

    Beyond the Deepwoods (The Edge Chronicles #1), Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

  • DNF with Jack Mack
    2018-10-22 09:10

    Mythical critters info dumping things about their world that they already know.

  • Mikayla
    2018-10-19 10:10

    I loved every aspect of this book, it was just as enchanting as the first time I read it, and can at least say that it's as good as all the previous books I've read.

  • Aleshanee
    2018-11-14 09:14

    Für Kinder: 4 SterneMeine MeinungIch bin von dem Buch ein bisschen enttäuscht, weil ich eine völlig andere Erwartung hatte. Das Cover hat mich an die Scheibenweltromane erinnert, dabei hat man es hier mit einem reinen Kinderbuch zu tun. Was jetzt an sich nicht schlimm wäre, aber ich bin mit dem Handlungsablauf nicht so wirklich klargekommen.Wenn ich das Buch jetzt rein für Kinder bewerten würde, könnte ich 4 Sterne vergeben, aber mir persönlich hat es leider nicht so gefallen.Im ersten Kapitel hat einen guten Überblick über das Klippenland bekommen, in dem die Geografie sehr schön beschrieben wurde. Vorne gibts es auch eine gezeichnete Karte, die richtig toll aussieht und überhaupt sind die Zeichnungen von Chris Riddell rundum gelungen. Fast auf jeder Seite findet man ein Bild von Twig oder den Geschöpfen, denen er auf seiner Reise begegnet. Sehr gut getroffen machen sie die Geschichte nochmal einen Tick anschaulicher.Twig wächst im Dunkelwald bei den Waldtrollen auf. Als er 13 und damit erwachsen wird erfährt er, dass er ein Findelkind ist. Seine bisherige "Mutter" schickt ihn fort, damit ihn die bösen Luftpiraten nicht fangen und für Twig beginnt damit eine lange Reise voller Abenteuer. Ich konnte mit der Figur von Twig nicht wirklich viel anfangen - er wirkte etwas unschlüssig in allem, was er tat und oft auch unbeteiligt, als wäre ihm alles egal, was passiert, oder würde ihn nicht wirklich berühren.Mir kam es so vor, als träfe er in jedem Kapitel auf ein anderes seltsames Geschöpf, hat damit eine Auseinandersetzung - und weiter gehts mit dem nächsten. Das war am Anfang erfrischend, im Laufe der Seiten aber eher langweilig. Es hatte keinen roten Faden bzw. keinen Sinn dahinter, einfach wie eine Abfolge von Stationen, die "abgearbeitet" werden müssen, um ans Ende zu kommen.Dabei hat der Autor wirklich viele tolle Ideen, ein wahres Sammelsurium an sagenhaften Kreaturen, ungewöhnlichen Szenen und kleinen Überraschungen.FazitOriginelle und witzige Ideen, die für ein Kinderbuch auf jeden Fall Spannung und Abwechslung versprechen, für mich wurde der Handlungsablauf leider zu eintönig. Für Kinder, die Fantasygeschichten mögen, ist es aber sicher lesenswert! Vor allem die Zeichnungen sind ein Hingucker!© AleshaneeWeltenwandererDie Klippenland-Chroniken(im Sauerländer Verlag)1 - Twig im Dunkelwald2 - Twig bei den Himmelspiraten3 - Twig im Auge des Sturms4 - Twig - Fluch über Sanktaphrax5 - Rook und Twig, der letzte Himmelspirat6 - Rook und der schwarze Mahlstrom7 - Rook in den freien Tälern8 - Quint und die Eisritter9 - Quint und der Kampf der Himmelsgaleonen10 - Das Buch der unsterblichen Helden

  • Karlis
    2018-10-26 08:57

    Autori - Kriss Ridels un Pols Stjuarts - grāmatā ir centušies parādīt, ka brīžiem var atkāpties no ikdienišķās un garlaicīgās grāmatu rakstīšanas, veidojot kādu radošu savu fantāziju un izdomu augli. Grāmata jau kādu laiku bija stāvējusi manas istbas plauktā, līdz beidzot nolēmu to izlasīt. To es nenožēloju nevienu brīdi, jo bija interesanti attālināties no realitātes un pabūt kādā interesantā vietā devētā par Malaszemi. Piedzīvojums sākas Malazsemē galvenā varoņa - Zarēna audžuvecāku mājā. Malaszeme ir vieta, kas atrodas starp debesīm un zemi, tā, gluži vienkārši, peld pa mākoņiem. Zarēns ir 13 gadīgs zēns, vinš ir unikāls un nepieder nevienai citai sugai, kas atrodama Malaszemē, tāpēc viņš netiek ieredzēts savu vienaudžu starpā. Audžuvecāki, kas pēc izcelsmes ir troļļi, viņu atrada mežā, kad viņš vēl bija ļoti mazs zēns. Zarēnam, augot lielam, tika mācīts nekad nenogriezties no takas. Kādu dienu vecāki nolēma sūtīt Zarēnu pie viņa brālēna, kurš atradās otrpus mežam, piekodinot, lai zarēns paliktu uz takas. Zarēns diemžēl nepaklausīja padomam un viņu aizrāva mēžonīgu piedzīvojumu un briesmu virpulis.Šīs grāmatas valodas stils ir interesants, un gandrīz katra rindkopa atklāj ko nezināmu. Lielākā daļa vārdu cilvēkiem, vietām un objektiem ir autoru pašizdomājums, kas ik brīdi lika pavērties atpakaļ stāstā un atcerēties, ko tieši autors ar šo vārdu bija domājis. Autori ir iekļāvuši arī neskaitāmi daudz salīdzinājumu un epitetu, kas labāk ļauj atklāt sižeta straujos pavērsienus.Galvenā varoņa unikālā izcelsme piedāvā lasītājam ceļot cauri daudzajiem šķēršļiem, kā caur savdabīgām puzlēm, ko radījuši autori. Notikumi stāstā patstāvīgi mainās, katru reizi, kad beidzas kāds notikums, aiz tā seko jau nākamais. Stāsta spraigais sižets neatslābst ne mirkli, tā ieintriģējot lasītājus līdz pat grāmatas beigām. Pēc grāmatas izlasīšanas, ikvienam lasītājam, arī man, tai skaitā, rodas vēlme izlasīt grāmatas turpinājumu.Grāmata sniedza priekšsatu par fantastikas žanra moderno versiju. Grāmatas sižetā galvenais moto ir ­- nekad neatkāpties no saviem mērķiem nekādu šķēršļu priekšā. Liels palīgs pārbaudījumu pārvarēšanai vienmēr ir patiesas draudzības spēkam. Liela nozīme katra cilvēka un arī troļļa dzīvē ir vecāku labajam padomam, ko nevienmēr dzīvē izdodas uzreiz saprast, to saprotam ar laiku. Iesaku grāmatu izasīt visiem fantastikas cienītājiem.

  • Lör K.
    2018-10-28 10:24

    I remember when I first found this book, nestled away in my local library. I was around 10-11, and my dad pulled it out and said, "Ethan, this one sounds a lot like Harry Potter, why don't you give it a try? You love your fantasy and magical creatures". Almost reluctantly, I got it out because, really, I didn't want to be reading young adult books when the crime and gore section was right there, but I decided to settle down and give my dad's pick a chance. Oh. My. Gosh. I was taken on a whole new fantasy journey. I thought HP took me to a whole new world, when Paul Stewart and Chris Riddle had this beautiful book and series just sitting in my library, waiting to be discovered. I don't remember that last time I actively sat and read a book as quickly as this. We follow Twig, a young humanoid character on his journey across The Edge, a fantasy world full to the brim with creatures and animals that both terrify and amaze us. And amaze me this book did. I still remember my heart thinking at certain scenes, how I would sit and stare at the illustrations for hours, how I just could not get enough of it. I read it within two hours and was already back at the library, getting every other book in the series out. If you're looking for a young adult fantasy series, I highly recommend this one. It's absolutely brilliant. Stewart and Riddle can do no wrong whatsoever.

  • Charlotte May
    2018-10-29 06:15

    This book was thoroughly unexpected! I was thinking I'd picked up a light-hearted children's fantasy that I'd whiz through without too much emotional attachment.So imagine my surprise when the characters and creatures were so gruesome, inventive and frankly sometimes scary! I had a lot of love for Twig - he was a lovable character, a relatable little guy who doesn't fit in with his Woodtroll family and so sets off to find himself and his destiny in the Deepwoods. What he finds is a magical array of fantastical and imaginative animals and beings, the majority of which want to eat or kill him!I loved this book, really enjoyed the fast paced story, it completely transported me to the world of the Deepwoods and I am excited to see what the other books have in store!

  • Alexis
    2018-10-29 05:16

    This book was actually pretty good; I'm just angry about the ferocious beast on the front of the book. The beast on the front is called a banderbear, it's a timid creature and nothing messes with it except these little, evil, ferocious, fur balls called wig-wigs. The main character had met the banderbear while looking for food. It was sitting on the ground holding its had up to its face while whimpering. It turns out the banderbear had a rotten tooth in his mouth, so the main character pulled it out. After the tooth was pulled out the banderbear went into a rage and during it he ripped many of the vegetation around him. He then went over to the main character and wrapped his arms around him in a bear hug (ha). It then asked where its tooth was and the main character had put it on a string and had it around his neck. They became friends after that and the banderbear protected the main character from anything and everything. It also helped him get food and find places to sleep. One day(or should I say night) they were looking for a place to sleep when the main character spotted a orange ball of fur then the banderbear turned around, saw the ball of fur, then yelled wig-wigs. The banderbear then started to run with the main character on its back. The ball of fur then turned into multiple balls of and started to chase after the banderbear. They started to catch up after a few minutes, one of the wig-wigs jumped at the banderbear, spit in half to show its ferocious teeth, and bit the banderbear's leg. After a few more times of being bit the banderbear had had enough and stopped to put the main character in a tree. It then was bombarded with wig-wigs. The main character had look away do to the sight of seeing his friend torn to pieces, but he couldn't stop himself from hearing the pain ridden shrieks of his friend. When it was over the main character looked down to find nothing remaining of his old friend, the only thing he had was the tooth around his neck. Well wasn't that a terrible end to a friendship(I sure think so). Man, I actually liked that bear, he was adorable. :(

  • Tilly
    2018-11-03 04:24

    Middle-grade fantasy books are probably the best way to get out of a reading slump, especially when they are as magical, whimsical and creative like this one. First of all I absolutely loved Chris Riddle´s illustrations through the whole novel, they were a great way to bring Paul Stewart good description of the creatures to life. I also think that the world-building is great and very detailed, especially for a children´s book. All the different places on the Edge which were described in the beginning seem to be very interesting, even though we only saw the Deepwoods in this first book. Twig´s adventure was very captivating from start to finish. I really liked him as character, especially his self-doubt and the uncertainty of him to which place he belong made him a very likable and realistic character. Some parts within his journey through the Deepwoods were very thrilling, some even a bit dark and mysterious and others were absolutely emotional and heart-warming. All the different races and creatures were probably my favorite thing in the book and I am very excited what species we will see in the other novels because until now we only saw a very small part of this world. The only reason why I did not give this book 5 stars is because there is still a bit room for both plot and character development in my opinion, so it gets a very good 4.5 out of 5. I will definitely continue!

  • Paul Ringkamp
    2018-10-16 11:05

    A great (re)read for me, i read the entire series years ago and as this book was chosen for our January readalong in the book club it was the perfect opportunity to read them again.As i have read the pre- and sequels, even if half a decade ago, the memories slowly returned as i read. Not enough at ones to lessen the fun but so that i would wait with a grin for Twig to stumble into the next problem.A great book, a great series. Highly recommended.

  • Badiss
    2018-11-06 11:13

    This book is about a 13 year old Twig who discovers that he was abandoned at birth by a unknown person. Twig goes on a long journey through Deepwoods to try to get back his family. He makes his way through goblins and trogs and beasts who drink blood for fun.I didnt really like this book, because of it's plot. It's a fairy tail book and I'm not a fan of books of that kind. The only reason why i never put it down was because i was waiting for something good to happen, by the time i realized nothing good was going to happen it was too late for me to put ti down. I was so deep into the book.I wouldn't recommend this book to people who are like me, and dont like reading fairy tail books. If i were to rate this book out of ten, i would give it a two.

  • Sanaa
    2018-10-28 12:08

    [4 Stars] Just as whimsical and enjoyable as the first time I read it.

  • Sonja
    2018-10-16 05:13

    I loved this book instantly. Maybe even before I started reading it. The cover is way cooler than this pic they have.The art of the book is so amazing. The map of The Edge is amazing. I want to go there. After the first chapter I could hardly put it down. What an amazing adventure story. Its a kids book-i saw it in the childrens section at the library and was drawn to the fancy cover. It reminds me of Bilbo's adventures in the HObbit but not so hard to read. A very quick easy-fun read. I loved it and its only the first book-there are like 8 more I think-I cant wait to go get them :)

  • Steven
    2018-10-31 08:18

    This entire series is well worth a read, even if it takes you a few months (It certainly took me a long time, and I'm a fast reader!).The series is made up of three trilogies, a book that is basically a one book trilogy, and then another trilogy that is still being written. The trilogies are spread out in time and all focus on a different member of the main family line. I didn't necessarily fall in love with the series because of the story (although the stories are great), I really fell in love with this series because of the setting.The series takes place in a mystical world called "The Edge" which features a few big cities. Each of these are so radically different - and they change over the course of the trilogies. It is really interesting to see the condition of these cities change over time. The series also features an astounding blend of science and fantasy - involving flying pirate ships, crystals that become heavy when in darkness, as well as floating wood and rocks. The other fascinating thing about the series is how the social hierarchy changes over time.In my opinion, the first book is rather boring. The main character, Twig, finds out he is not a "Wood Troll" and abandons his "town" to go on an adventure. Now, I rated this five stars - and this is the worst book in the series. That's a pretty big compliment to this series.10/10 best series I've ever read. Still waiting for one of the three libraries in town to get the fourth trilogy...

  • Amy Rijk
    2018-10-28 10:10

    A re-read of a book I used to love when I was around 11 years old. Back then I read this in Dutch and the amazing cover art drew me in from the first moment I set eyes on it at the library.I have to say I do still love it. While Twig isn't a very active protagonist and events just happen to him instead of him having some agency over it, it does actually tie back in to the story at the end. It makes sense for it to feel more like a guided experience for him. The world continues to fascinate me and I don't think I have yet encountered anything quite like it. I love how this world can actively try to kill the protagonist, but still be filled with wonderful things and creatures. Reading this again made me realise I might want to re-read the entire series and catch up on the last book I never got to read. This is in my opinion still the best way I have seen Chris Riddell's amazing art being used to strenghten a story, but perhaps that is more nostalgia based. This series always makes me feel inspired because of the combination of story and artwork and I just want to own this entire series already!

  • Brenton
    2018-10-24 09:24

    Personal Response: Overall I thought this novel was interesting, it was very creative and well written. The novel was a very easy read and was easy to comprehend. I believe that the novel was full of adventure and had lots of plot twists. There was always more to discover in the deepwoods, while there was still lots of mysterious aspects left unknown. The novel established the main characters troubles along his journey very clearly. Plot Summary: The plot is always changing throughout the novel, at first the plot was that Twig was to leave his village and go live with his uncle. However, Twig did not stick to the path in the deepwoods, his motives changed from going to his uncles house and finding the path again, to making it out of the deepwoods in any way that he could. Twig met many friends, and many enemies, but often found himself blindly running through the deepwoods over and over again. Twig finds his way out of the deepwoods eventually, when he witnesses a sky pirate ship crash into the deepwoods, and becomes apart of their crew. Characterization: The main character in the story is Twig, he is a shy, depressed soul at the beginning of the novel. Throughout the novel Twig develops a sense of purpose and courage that fuels him to keep going. Twig becomes stronger both physically and mentally as the novel goes on. Twig is forced to make crucial decisions that could mean life or death, which help shape his sense of courage. Twig realizes himself throughout his journey in the deepwoods, he gets many tips and pointers from all the different types of people he meets.Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a story that changes as it goes on. The novel is a very easy read, and i would recommend it to anyone middle school level and up. The content is easy to understand and follow, there is no mature situations throughout the novel that would make me say it is inappropriate for a younger audience.

  • Mathew
    2018-11-16 07:18

    Although the sticker on the front of my copy states that those who have read 'Harry Potter' would enjoy this, I have to say that the Edge Chronicles have no relation to Rowling's world and its joy and originality stand happily on their own two feet. Twig, brought up by Woodtroll parents, finds himself having to leave the safety of his home to venture out into the Deepwoods: a place of unlimited peril. The pace throughout the book is as quick as the world is rich in creatures and encounters. I really enjoyed the cast throughout - all enriched and explored through Riddell's pen drawings. My only complaint of this wonderful adventure is that, at times, it felt like Riddell's illustrations were leading the plot and Stewart's writing and not the other way round. I found that this meant that, very infrequently, the story suffered. Still, a rich tapestry of characters and places and I would certainly travel back.

  • Tanita Cornes
    2018-11-15 10:59

    Absolutely fantastic book! Full of adventure and curious characters. Brilliant twist at the end. I would definitely use this book in class, it uses great descriptive language, modelling setting a scene and impressions of characters.

  • Simon Pelletier
    2018-11-08 07:55

    I read it as a pre-teen and really enjoyed the book. I still have fond memories of this book to this day. If you have a child who likes fantasy, I highly recommend this serie.

  • Chiara
    2018-10-20 05:08

    4/5 StarsThis was a childhood favorite of mine and i recently found the books in my brother's old room again, so I just had to give them a reread. Such a fun story!

  • Phoebe
    2018-10-21 10:56

    After we finished _The Red Pyramid_, I wasn't very good about burning to CD a new audiobook for the big boys and me during our drives to/from school. So the last time we went to a library, I looked for a new book for us to listen to. It was a small, one-room library (yes, one exists in the San Francisco Bay Area!), and the selection of kids' audiobooks took up about two feet of space on a bookshelf. Pickings were slim; over half of the selection was on tape! This title was the only one they were remotely interested in, and even then the 10-year-olds were less than enthusiastic when I put in the first CD.Whenever I would offer to continue the story in the car soon after, G said no and J's yeses were reluctant (I suspect he said yes only because he didn't want to listen to the radio). I swore they were sleeping back there and not listening. And then suddenly, somewhere along the way, they were hooked. They would ask for the CD as soon as they got into the car. I think they finally started to identify with Twig and became more fascinated with the strange creatures and exciting adventures. The Bander Bear was a favorite.I found the end a little bit predictable but everything along the way pretty much wasn't. It was a coming-of-age journey, but I often felt like the back-to-back experiences were more about world making and introducing the complex, imaginary characters rather than contributing to Twig's development. I was concerned about age appropriateness after an early violent, gory scene but everything after that was pretty manageable, even for the 4-year-olds. We found out after finishing the story and looking online that the illustrations in the print versions of this series were pretty impressive, so it might have been better for the boys to read the book first and then listen to the audio version afterward. The boys also recently found out that a classmate was reading the next book in the series, so its coolness factor went up quite a bit after that. Although they eventually enjoyed it, I don't think continuing this series is high on J&G's list, but I'll probably look for the print versions the next time we're at a bigger library. They actually will probably read them.Format: CD, Rodeo Library