Beyond the Deepwoods: The Edge Chronicles #1

 
Weird creatures and nonstop action.

What parents need to know

Violence

Lots of fantasy violence, some rather gruesome and gory. Kids prone to nightmares should stay away.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book isn't meant for thoughtful discussion. It has some fantasy violence and may not be a good choice for kids prone to nightmares.

What's the story?

The Edge is a bizarre world filled with weird creatures (\"woodtrolls, slaughterers, gyle goblins, termagent trogs ... monstrous creatures, flesh-eating trees, marauding hordes of ferocious beasts,\" and many, many more) and altered physics (certain types of rocks and wood float, powering sailing ships that ply the air).

Hiding from sky pirates, Twig strays from the path in the Deepwoods forest and encounters one weird creature and gruesomely dangerous situation after another, all the while trying to find a place where he can belong.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Edge may refer to the part of the world where the story takes place, but it also describes the part of the seat where your child will breathlessly linger. This author and illustrator team possess seemingly inexhaustible, if somewhat rank and fetid, imaginations, just the kind to delight kids with a taste for the creepy, gross, and bizarre. They trot out one all-too-vividly ghastly place and creature after another with wild abandon.

Twig stumbles (usually literally) from frying pan to fire over and over at a pace that some may find exhausting, and the lack of any real goal can make it seem pointless, if exciting, at times. But it's well-written, with crystal clear descriptions and delightfully creepy illustrations, and set into an inexpensive, old-fashioned hardcover edition. Many kids are going to eat this up and beg for more.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the dangers (and possible benefits) of "straying from the path."

Book details

Author:Paul Stewart
Illustrator:Chris Riddell
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:June 22, 2004
Number of pages:278

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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Nonstop action with plenty of yelling

This book dosen't have a very good plot, yet the action keeps you reading. Twig yells quite a bit, and doesn't make a great role model. The illustrations are great, and that is the best thing about this book. Read if you want, but please stray away form the sequel. Read Redwall, Artemis Fowl, or Lord of the Rings for better fantasy.
Teen, 13 years old Written byjack the monkey April 9, 2008
Teen, 17 years old Written byjcsoblonde April 9, 2008
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gross dont get it!!!

this book was absolutly DISGUSTING. im telling you i dont know what everyone thinks fantasy is, but for me, i wouldnt want blood drinking... umm..things to be in a story..there was just a lot of stuff...these little animals the attack in packs and strip flesh off of any creature...just so much stuff that i just found to be...gross...i hated it!

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