Beyond the Deepwoods: The Edge Chronicles #1

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Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Weird creatures and nonstop action.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 12 reviews

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

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWill Turner April 9, 2008
Adult Written byFeathersword June 20, 2009

Violent, exciting, not for kids under 12

As a teacher, I read many children's books and I must say, I am hooked on this series. I must caution parents that the theme is dark and that there is much... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 1, 2011

You should read this book.

This series is brilliant! I have read the first nine books and am half way through the last. I have loved them since the start. Twig is a very good role model w... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byspaGbol12132 September 26, 2016

Best series- worst book

I liked it, but it is too exciting. Best series ever- and this is a good starting point- However the others are even better

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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