On the other side of the forest

Nadine Robert

Book - 2021

What's on the other side of the forest? A young rabbit and his father are determined to find out in this modern picture book that feels like a classic, calling to mind the tender work of Beatrix Potter. Some say that wolves, ogres, and giant badgers live in the forest beside Arthur's house. That's why no one ever goes in there, to see what's on the other side. But one day, Arthur's dad has an idea--a magnificent idea! Build a tower to look over the treetops! But a magnif...icent idea takes a lot of work. Will the villagers join and help them? And when the tower takes shape, what will they see on the other side? This wonderful, heartwarming story by Nadine Robert--with illustrations by Gérard DuBois reminiscent of classic children's books--shares the importance of community and cooperation to achieve a big dream.

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Subjects
Genres
Children's stories
Picture books
Published
Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Kids 2021.
Language
English
French
Item Description
"Originally published in French as Au-delà de la forêt by Nadine Robert and Gerard DuBois copyright © 2016 Comme des géants, Varennes, QC, Canada" --Colophon.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Audience
Ages: 5-8.
ISBN
9781771647960
1771647965
Main Author
Nadine Robert (author)
Other Authors
Gérard DuBois, 1968- (illustrator), Paula Ayer (translator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this Canadian import translated from the French, a little brown rabbit, his dad, and his dog live in a clearing surrounded on all sides by the towering dark trees of an impenetrable forest. One day, Dad decides to construct a tower high enough to see what's beyond the trees. Father and son work hard baking bread to sell in exchange for big stones. The structure grows until a terrible thunderstorm destroys the scaffolding, and the stones fall to rubble. Too exhausted to bake more bread, Dad collapses . . . until "something MAGNIFICENT happens!" While Dad sleeps in exhaustion, the neighbors come and rebuild the tower, creating complex ramps, scaffolding, pulleys, and buckets so that it is even higher than before. The charming text and dreamy artwork, which features industrious rabbits in clothes, convey the quality of an old-fashioned folktale, while the intricate details recall the extraordinary structures built by the characters in Arthur Geisert's pig books. Certainly a story "for all brave people with big ears!" Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

In this Canadian import translated from the French, a little brown rabbit, his dad, and his dog live in a clearing surrounded on all sides by the towering dark trees of an impenetrable forest. One day, Dad decides to construct a tower high enough to see what's beyond the trees. Father and son work hard baking bread to sell in exchange for big stones. The structure grows until a terrible thunderstorm destroys the scaffolding, and the stones fall to rubble. Too exhausted to bake more bread, Dad collapses . . . until "something MAGNIFICENT happens!" While Dad sleeps in exhaustion, the neighbors come and rebuild the tower, creating complex ramps, scaffolding, pulleys, and buckets so that it is even higher than before. The charming text and dreamy artwork, which features industrious rabbits in clothes, convey the quality of an old-fashioned folktale, while the intricate details recall the extraordinary structures built by the characters in Arthur Geisert's pig books. Certainly a story "for all brave people with big ears!" Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Canadian writer Robert (The Shadow Elephant) sets her fable in a rural village whose inhabitants are elegantly clothed rabbits, their trousers sewn to allow space for fluffy tails. The young narrator, Arthur, lives with his baker father, who is preoccupied with the impenetrable forest that surrounds their village. Long interested in what's on the other side, he dismisses superstition ("People say that wolves live in the forest, and ogres, and giant badgers") and forms a plan, ceaselessly baking bread and asking for payment in stones, which the villages bring eagerly, in order to erect a tower. Arthur helps: "It's very tiring. But a magnificent idea takes a lot of work." When a crisis derails the project, the village unites to find a solution. Storytelling by Robert and restrained, classically drafted spreads by DuBois (The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell) proceed step by step, in documentary fashion, offering suspense and drama along the way. An epigraph from artist Ai Weiwei underscores the value of smart collective action—a potentially dry theory that Robert and DuBois bring to life with absorbing storytelling. Ages 3–8. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When a little brown rabbit, his dad, and his dog decide to construct a tower high enough to see what is beyond the trees, a crisis derails the project and their village unites to find a solution.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book“Absorbing storytelling.”—Publishers Weekly STARRED Review“A riveting read.”—Kirkus Reviews STARRED ReviewWhat’s on the other side of the forest? A young rabbit and his father are determined to find out in this modern picture book that “feels like a vintage gem” (New York Times), calling to mind the tender work of Beatrix Potter.Some say that wolves, ogres, and giant badgers live in the forest beside Arthur’s house. That’s why no one ever goes in there, to see what’s on the other side. But one day, Arthur’s dad has an idea—a magnificent idea! Build a tower to look over the treetops! But a magnificent idea takes a lot of work. Will the villagers join and help them? And when the tower takes shape, what will they see on the other side?This wonderful, heartwarming story reminiscent of classic children’s books, is perfect for:Teaching kids about cooperation and teamwork—and how they help us achieve our dreams! A fun and creative Easter or Spring-themed gift for kids

Review by Publisher Summary 3

What's on the other side of the forest? A young rabbit and his father are determined to find out in this modern picture book that feels like a classic, calling to mind the tender work of Beatrix Potter.Some say that wolves, ogres, and giant badgers live in the forest beside Arthur's house. That's why no one ever goes in there, to see what's on the other side. But one day, Arthur's dad has an idea'a magnificent idea! Build a tower to look over the treetops! But a magnificent idea takes a lot of work. Will the villagers join and help them? And when the tower takes shape, what will they see on the other side?This wonderful, heartwarming story reminiscent of classic children's books, is perfect for:Teaching kids about cooperation and teamwork'and how they help us achieve our dreams! A fun and creative Easter or Spring-themed gift for kids