Parents' Guide to

Beyond the Deepwoods: The Edge Chronicles #1

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Weird creatures and nonstop action.

Book Paul Stewart Fantasy 2004
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

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 violence in this series. I would only recommend this, with care, to those who are not sensitive and can handle graphic violence. Personally, as an adult, I just finished book 6 and can't wait to see what happens next. The illustrations are BRILLIANT!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (10 ):

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.

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