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Kikko sets out after her father with a forgotten pie for Grandma. When she arrives at a strange house in the wintry woods, a peek in the window reveals that the footprints Kikko had been following did not belong to her father at all, but to a bear in a long coat and hat! Alice in Wonderland meets Little Red Riding Hood in this charmed tale....

Title : The Tea Party in the Woods
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ISBN : 9781771381079
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Tea Party in the Woods Reviews

  • Eve
    2019-02-02 09:10

    Originally published in 2010 in Japan under the title Mori no Oku no Ochakai e, Kids Can Press translated and reprinted this edition in 2015. It’s a delightful book sketched mostly in black and white. In it, Kikko sets out to deliver a homemade pie to her grandmother through a wooded winter land. In the process she drops and ruins the pie. Lost and in despair, she comes across an interesting tea party in the woods full of furry, helpful friends.I’ve yet to come across a Kids Can Press book that I didn’t like. The authors and stories they choose are always unique and whimsical. This would make a lovely addition to my shelves.

  • Betsy
    2019-01-22 07:06

    There are picture books out there that feel like short films. Some of the time they’re adapted into them (as with The Snowman orThe Lost Thing or Lost and Found) and sometimes they’re made in tandem ( The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore). And some of the time you know, deep in your heart of hearts, that they will never see the silver screen. That they will remain perfect little evocative pieces that seep deep into the softer linings of a child’s brain, changing them, affecting them, and remaining there for decades in some form. The Tea Party in the Woods is like that. It looks on first glance like what one might characterize to be a “quiet” book. Upon further consideration, however, it is walking the tightrope between fear and comfort. We are in safe hands from the start to the finish but there’s no moment when you relax entirely. In this strangeness we find a magnificent book.Having snowed all night, Kikko’s father takes off through the woods to shovel out the walk of her grandmother. When he forgets to bring along the pie Kikko’s mother baked for the occasion, Kikko takes off after him. She knows the way but when she spots him in the distance she smashes the pie in her excitement. Catching up, there’s something strange about her father. He enters a house she’s never seen before. Upon closer inspection, the man inside isn’t a man at all but a bear. A sweet lamb soon invites Kikko in, and there she meets a pack of wild animals, all polite as can be and interested in her. When she confesses to having destroyed her grandmother’s cake, they lend her slices of their own, and then march her on her way with full musical accompaniment. Part of what I like so much about this book is that when a kid reads it they’re probably just taking it at face value. Girl goes into woods, hangs out with clothed furry denizens, and so on, and such. Adults, by contrast, are bringing to the book all sorts of literary, cinematic, and theatrical references of their own. A girl entering the woods with red on her head so as to reach her grandmother’s reeks of Little Red Riding Hood (and I can neither confirm nor deny the presence of a wolf at the tea party). The story of a girl wandering into the woods on her own and meeting the wild denizens who live there for a feast makes the book feel like a best case fairy encounter scenario. In this light the line, “You’re never alone in the woods”, so comforting here, takes on an entirely different feel. Some have mentioned comparisons to Alice in Wonderland as well, but the tone is entirely different. This is more akin to the meal with the badgers in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe than anything Lewis Carroll happened to cook up.Yet it is the art that is, in many ways, the true allure. Kirkus compared the art to both minimalist Japanese prints as well as Dutch still life’s. Miyakoshi does indeed do marvelous things with light, but to my mind it’s the use of color that’s the most impressive. Red and yellow and the occasional hint of orange/peach appear at choice moments. Against a sea of black and white they draw your eye precisely to where it needs to go. That said, I felt it was Miyakoshi’s artistic choices that impressed me most. Nowhere is this more evident than when Kikko enters the party for the first time, every animal in the place staring at her. It’s a magnificent image. The best in the book by far. Somehow, Miyakoshi was able to draw this scene in such a way where the expressions on the animals’ faces are ambiguous. It isn’t just that they are animals. First and foremost, it seems clear that they are caught entirely unguarded in Kikko’s presence. The animals that had been playing music have stopped mid-note. And I, an adult, looked at this scene and (as I mentioned before) applied my own interpretation on how things could go. While it would be conceivable for Kikko to walk away from the party unscathed, in the hands of another writer she could easily have ended up the main course. That is probably why Miyakoshi follows up that two-page spread (which should have been wordless, but that’s neither here nor there) with an immediate scene of friendly, comforting words and images. The animals not only accept Kikko’s presence, they welcome her, are interested in her, and even help her when they discover her plight (smashing her grandmother’s pie). Adults everywhere who have found themselves unaccompanied (and even uninvited) at parties where they knew no one, and will recognize in this a clearly idyllic, unapologetically optimistic situation. In other words, perfect picture book fodder.Translation is a delicate art. Done well, it creates some of our greatest children’s literature masterpieces. Done poorly and the book just melts away from the publishing world like mist, as if it was never there. Because I do not have a final copy of this book in hand, I don’t know if the translator for this book is ever named. Whoever they are, I think they knew precisely how to tackle it. Originally published in what I believe to be Japan, I marvel even now at how the story opens. The first line reads, “That morning, Kikko had awoken to a winter wonderland.” We are plunged into the story in such as way as to believe that we’ve been reading about Kikko for quite some time. It doesn’t say “One morning”, which is a distinction of vast importance. It says “That morning” and we are left to consider why that choice was made. What happened before “That morning” that led up to the events of this particular day? Whole short stories have been conjured from less. I love it.If none of the reasons I’ve mentioned do it for you, consider this: On the cover of this book perches a squirrel in a bright red party dress in the crook of a tree. Tiny squirrel. Tiny red flowing gown. A detail you might easily miss the first ten times you read this book but it is there and just makes the book for me. Add in the tone, the light, the mood, and the writing itself and you have a book that will be remembered long after the name has faded from its readers’ minds. Something about this book will stick with your kids for all time. If you want something that feels classic and safely dangerous, Miyakoshi’s book is a rare piece of comfortable animal noir. No one is alone in the woods and after this book no one would want to be.For ages 3-6

  • Miriam
    2019-02-05 05:56

    Great art. Good story. I personally would've liked it a little longer, but this was probably correct for the intended age group.If I were Kikko I would totally have stayed for the tea party instead of hurrying dutifully on my errand.

  • Sue
    2019-02-14 12:07

    This is a delightful children's picture book, the story of a young girl's walk through the woods on the way to her grandmother's house with a pie. Yes it echoes some other tales but it is distinctive in the use of gentle and welcoming animals in the woods, depicted in charcoal drawings (everything is largely black and white in this winter tale). I do recommend this to share with children in your life.A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  • Laura
    2019-02-04 11:57

    “You’re never alone in the woods.”The Tea Party in the Woods is a lovely read filled with gorgeous illustrations, dashes of color, furry friends, and wonderful messages of sharing and support. I loved looking at the little details in the pictures. Plus a bear in a hat always makes me smile. :D An adorable read that made me *sigh* and say “that was nice” at the end. Sometimes I feel like it’s getting harder and harder to find a simple, sweet story with a heartwarming lesson. This one delivers!Check it out from your local Library.

  • Cornelia Funke
    2019-02-07 12:49

    Feast for the eyes, stunningly beautiful. One feels the texture of the paper and the chalk under one's fingers. And wouldn't we all want to find such company in the woods?:)

  • Niki (Daydream Reader)
    2019-02-08 07:49

    I finally read this gem. It just seems like a classic. I love the story and the wonderful pictures! A beautiful, magical and kind story.

  • Sam Bloom
    2019-01-22 12:03

    If only more picture books were this weird and awesome at the same time.

  • Calista
    2019-02-12 08:11

    Mostly black and white charcole drawings with red and yellow in them. Very stark with the theme of winter. The story is warm and inviting. It is simple and a way I can't describe. I really enjoyed this story myself. This is one that my niece keeps asking for.

  • Anne
    2019-02-15 07:53

    My goodness, the illustrations in this one are wonderful! I'm no expert on this, but I believe everything has been drawn with crayons, using black mostly, but with colour splashes here and there, giving the book an eerie fairytale-like atmosphere.It all begins with a Little Red Riding Hood retelling: a little girl sets out into the woods to bring a pie to her grandmother. I kept thinking it was about to get very creepy and if this hadn't been a children's book, the horror options would've been endless. Yet, it was a children's book and nothing creepy happened...I think. The illustrations make this a great picture book to read together with your children. Or someone else's children of course.If you just like to look at pretty drawings and/or suggestive creepiness yourself, I would also recommend spending a few bucks on this one! A lovely asset to any bookshelf. I give it 4.5 brownies, because it totally depends on your mindset what you make of this book. After reading a lot of webcomics from Emily Caroll recently, I was expecting hearts to be ripped out any second or, you know, some other gory stuff. The drawing below is the perfect example of what I mean:MY first interpretation was "OMG, she's going to DIE! Crazy psycho eyes all around the table!". But if you look at it through the eyes of a child, it's just a bunch of furry, friendly animals, having a tea party. When artwork has a different effect on different people, you know it's good! Or I'm just scarred for life after seeing too much horror for the past decades...An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amy Rae
    2019-02-13 06:59

    How funny and fortuitous to read this immediately after The Bus Ride, another book that can tip its hat to Little Red Riding Hood in its inspiration. I liked The Tea Party in the Woods far better, though; I think I would have absolutely adored it as a child.The art for this one is lovely, splashes of colour against a black-and-white-world. It gets across the feeling of winter--as well as the way ideas and specific objects can burst into one's thoughts. It's no coincidence that the most colourful part of the book is the spread of pie slices donated to Kikko.As far as the story goes, it's quiet and pleasant without feeling like nothing is really going on, which I felt a bit with The Bus Ride. Kikko's journey is one with moments of hesitation--will the animals be kind to her? will she catch up with her father?--and celebration. There's shape to the story, not to mention the kind of whimsy that I like.This would be an absolute must-buy for me. It already feels like a classic despite the fact that it isn't even out yet! Just beautiful all around.NB: I received a free galley copy of The Tea Party in the Woods from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Barb Middleton
    2019-01-20 05:55

    The illustrations in this book are wonderful. The author uses red and yellow to draw the eye to the page or highlight parts of the story. The mood and atmosphere of the forest is mystical and slightly scary. This Japanese author tells the story of a girl that goes through the woods to grandmother's house because her father left and forgot the pie. She follows like Little Red Riding Hood only to discover that the man in the coat in front of her is a bear. The animals are gathering and she's invited in for tea which reminds me of "Alice in Wonderland." A double page spread shows the animals round eyes staring at her and the students love to guess whether she'll be eaten or not. My Taiwanese friend, who likes all things Japanese, said that the story reminds her of the legend of Aokigahara where angry ghosts roam forests in search of victims.

  • Iben
    2019-01-23 04:48

    The story was a sweet play on Red Riding Hood, but I found the illustrations rather bleak and almost a bit scary.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-02-12 04:49

    I’m not sure I want children to be reading this book. After her experience meeting animals in the woods willing to help her put a pie together, Kikko says that ‘‘you’re never alone in the woods’’ like it’s a good thing, but how can that be?Kikko basically follows a man she believes is her father, but turns out he isn’t, to a strange and unknown house until she discovers the man is actually a bear. I say Kikko is a lucky girl because she could have been hurt or kidnapped or who-knows-what, but instead she was welcomed into the house by the animals for a tea party.Obviously this is a children’s book so it’s meant to be taken as a piece of imagination to enchant the child’s mind, but as I said, I’m not sure it’s the right type of story for a child. Normally I read picture books and I’m charmed and/or entertained and everything is fine. But this story made me frown. Even if you argue with me that it’s an okay story for children, I’m still going to frown the next time I read it or think about it, because my gut is telling me something is wrong, and I’ve pinpointed that. Oh well, I was bound to fall upon a picture book that I would dislike someday. Don’t get me wrong, the illustrations are lovely… but the story is not.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Laura
    2019-02-15 07:49

    This is a sweet little picture book, originally in Japanese, of a girl having to deliver goodies to her grandmother, by going through the woods to her house. But instead of meeting a wolf, she meets a bear and a goat, and a bunch of other animals that I wouldn't have though of meeting in a wood, but then, I would have thought of all of these animals wearing clothes, and living in a grand house int he woods either.The animals welcome her to their tea party and even help her restore the pie that she was to deliver that she dropped and spoiled in the snow. Lovely illustrations, with spots of color. I think kids will enjoy this book, as much as I did.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  • Kenny
    2019-02-09 05:56

    Beutifully drawn, the writing is simple and pure. I loved the book. Words here fail me, so I'll let the pictures do the talking for me ...

  • Roya
    2019-02-16 13:14

    I actually feel like crying, because of its sheer beauty

  • Bekah Hare
    2019-02-12 10:03

    stunning illustrations

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-15 06:56

    A tea party I would like to attend. Loved the illustrations!

  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    2019-01-31 12:12

    Miyakoshi's The Tea Party in the Woods is an elegantly illustrated, softly told tale that has- like many classic children's tales- surreal undercurrents. When we begin the story, we're introduced to young Kikki who goes running off after her father into the snow covered woods. She has with her a delicious pie and struggles to catch up to him. Someone wearing a distinguished coat appears in the distance and Kikko runs to them believing them to be her father. But it is, as the book description tells us, not her father but rather a bear...The Tea Party in the Woods is indeed a charming story, but one that I think also tickles the imagination into thinking of darker fairy tale endings. Kikko sits among wondrously friendly and helpful animals, each offering help to make a pie. But is everything really as it seems? I cannot help but feel that Miyakoshi's muted and grey-leaning colour palette only works to add to the eerie atmosphere and almost shadowy feel of the story! In the end, Kikko does not meet a grim fate at the hands of devious or duplicitous creatures and The Tea Party ends in a rather lighthearted fashion. Even so, there is just something about Miyakoshi's narrative approach and illustrative style that recalls an almost phantasmagorical way of storytelling!Overall, The Tea Party in the Woods is a lovely and understated picture book. It reads quite similarly to that of a fairy tale, albeit one that gets turned on its head in unexpected and charming ways. Readers who enjoy innovative retellings of classics, or picture books along the lines of Marianne Dubuc's The Bus Ride or Kyo Maclear's Virginia Wolf might especially enjoy this title.I received this book as a digital galley from Kids Can Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Polenth Blake
    2019-01-24 06:47

    Kikko is taking a pie to Grandma, after her father forgets to take it. She ends up lost in the snow, but stumbles across an unusual tea party.This is a whimsical adventure, about finding animals wearing clothes who are having a tea party. There are some creepier moments, such as Kikko getting lost in the woods, and the uncertainty of how the animals will react when they first see her. However, the overall tone is one of warmth and strangers helping each other out.The artwork is charcoal and pencil on textured paper. Most pages have some splashes of yellow and red ink, such as Kikko's yellow hair and red clothing. The tea party scenes are especially good, as they have a lot of detail. There's more to find on subsequent reads of the book.I enjoyed the theme of magic as part of the world. It's easy to imagine it's waiting there in the woods, if only you go the right way. This book was written after The Storm, but was the first one translated into English. Being a later book shows, as the story is much better paced. Kikko is off on her adventure within a couple of pages, and plenty of time is spent hanging out with the animals.It's a great book, and is sure to capture the imagination. It would also link in well to activities like teddy bears' picnics.[A copy of this book was received from the publisher for review purposes]Review from:

  • Heather
    2019-01-21 08:15

    An odd but rather wonderful book about a girl's trip through the woods to bring a pie to her grandmother. I love the illustrations, which are mostly monochromatic grayscale except for the girl's bright yellow hair, red skirt & hat, and a few more perfectly placed touches of brightness later in the story. The book has been compared to a less alarming version of Red Riding Hood or Alice in Wonderland, and that's true, but I also see hints of Goldilocks and the Narnia stories. It definitely has a fairytale quality to it, with some pagan-ish elements as well. Highly recommended for anyone who likes lovely but slightly unsettling artwork. Would be a wonderful choice for a winter- or solstice-themed children's event, followed with tea and pie, perhaps.

  • Ryan
    2019-02-02 11:07

    A beautifully written and illustrated book about a girl who justs wants to giver her grandma a pie. Kikko notices the pie was left behind when her dad goes to see grandma. She tells her mom, I'll be safe. I catch up to dad and take the pie. But she mistakes a big bear for her dad. The bear takes her to a house she has never seen before, and inside various animals are gathering for a tee party. They help her with her pie, and help her get to grandma's safe and should. The black and white illustrations are fantastic, with just hint of color to make them stand out. A lovely work of art.

  • Linda
    2019-02-13 11:10

    A young girl, Kikko, sets off to catch up with her father so they can deliver a pie to her grandmother. It’s lonely to walk in the woods by herself, but she soon spies her father and is relieved. What happens next is a welcome few would imagine, except a young child, in need of some companions. It’s a lovely imaginative tale, with snowy woods and a house full of animals Kikko has never seen before. In beautifully charcoal-drawin illustrations, it’s all black and white with bits of color in a stark snowy scene, like Kikko’s yellow hair, and a red hat or two.

  • Soudha
    2019-02-10 09:09

    This lovely story, with its sympathetic heroine and gorgeous charcoal illustrations, is very likely to please kids. The artwork was amazing. The colour palette was a rather subdued one, using mostly a black charcoal style, which worked really well with the tone and snowy setting of the story. I would have rated it slightly higher had the story had a bit more depth. I personally found the story to be too simplistic. Like I said though, children are sure to find this beautifully illustrated book to their liking. (I got a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange of my honest review)

  • Jason
    2019-02-02 11:53

    This is the third Kids Can picture book I've read in a row and they've all been winners (Worms by Friot, The Sepcific Ocean by Maclear, and this one). In this case, a girl gets lost in the woods following what she thinks is her father only to discover it's a bear in a suit! And he's going to an animal tea party! They welcome her into the party and even give her more pie to replace the pie she was supposed to bring to her grandmother's but got squished. A wonderfully magical story.

  • Noura
    2019-01-27 10:13

    The story itself was quite lovely in that it gave a new spin to an age old tale but my favourite thing was the illustrations. They were striking and the muted colours lend an air of warmth to them that you felt transported to the stories setting. More books ought to be translated by this author so everyone can experience her work.

  • Mary
    2019-01-26 07:46

    This is a haunting picture book that is more mood than story. The charcoal illustrations with splashes of red and yellow are perfectly suited for the story of a young girl's fantastical encounter in the woods. With nods to Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood, this is an evocative story that will leave readers longing for a tea party of their own.

  • Chinook
    2019-02-03 11:00

    That was lovely. It would be fun to read with a child after Little Red Riding Hood and have them make predictions as they story proceeded. I liked the theme of independence and bravery. And the illustrations are lovely!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-05 08:01

    Charming. Narnia-esque. Little Red Riding Hood - esque. Winter. Food. Pie. Animals. Community.