Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner & Mini Grey

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Storm, Aurora, and Anything Eden live in a decaying mansion on the edge of the wilds with their erstwhile father and indolent mother. When an accident leaves them orphaned and at the mercy of the sinister Dr. DeWilde, these three courageous and eccentric sisters are forced to flee into the woods, where they encounter kidnappers, sweet-filled orphanages, mountains of ice, diamond mines, and some ravenously hungry wolves.

Taking inspiration from numerous fairytales and weaving them into a wholly original story, Into the Woods is a whirlwind of a novel, full of imaginative happenings and dastardly deeds.


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About Lyn Gardner & Mini Grey

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Lyn Gardner is a theater critic for The Guardian and goes to the theater five or six nights a week, which should leave no time for writing books at all. Prior to joining The Guardian, she was a tea lady, a waitress, sold (or failed to sell) advertising space for a magazine called Sludge, wrote for The Independent, and helped found the London listings magazine, City Limits, the largest publishing co-op in Europe.Mini Grey's last picture book, Traction Man Is Here!, won the 2005 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and received five starred reviews.
 
Published December 24, 2008 by David Fickling Books. 450 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Archetypes weave through the plot (Snow White, Orpheus and Eurydice, Pandora’s Box, the Frog Prince, Red Riding Hood), while classic motifs pop up everywhere (wicked stepmother, magical talisman, three sisters).

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Bursting with flavor and good humor, this single long, lovely fairy tale bows to an abundance of classic tales while keeping everything fresh.

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The Guardian

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Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner, illustrated by Mini Grey 448pp, David Fickling, £12.99 The fact that Lyn Gardner is a theatre critic and that Into the Woods is also the name of one of Stephen Sondheim's best known pieces should act as an immediate prompt that here is a book with a magpie capacity ...

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Publishers Weekly

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they learn that their sister is being taken to Piper's Peak, where children “become slaves in the Piper's kingdom.” As the girls attempt to rescue Any, Storm learns the pipe's real value, and the doom it would spell should it fall into the evil doctor's hands.

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Publishers Weekly

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After the events of Into the Woods (2007), the Eden family threw away a magic musical pipe that would grant them any wish, but now that flute has found its way back to them.

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Common Sense Media

Some children may find the parents, neglectful and disinterested at best, disturbing, especially when the father abandons his children.

Jun 12 2007 | Read Full Review of Into the Woods

Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

However, because the book closes with a recipe and encourages young readers to explore cooking, I have decided not to lower the rating for this book.

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