Deep in the Woods by Christopher Corr

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 folk tale.

Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

I find this book intriguing, the vibrancy of the colours and the obscure looking woodland characters separate this book from the pile. I can see influences of other illustrators in Christopher’s work (perhaps a bit of Beatrice Alemagna and Britta Teckentrup), but his approach feels distinctive and unusual which I find myself looking for more and more at the moment.

I find certain ‘successful styles’ seem to be replicated over and over and the market seems to me to be saturated by them. So when I see something distinct it excites me. I will be keeping an interested eye on Christopher Corr.


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