The Tea Party in the Woods (Hardcover)
Kids Can Press, 9781771381079, 32pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2015
Award-winning author and illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi has beautifully crafted an original fairy tale picture book that will delight and enchant. The unique visual presentation features mostly black-and-white art with the occasional use of red or yellow to help guide readers through the pages. Kikko's blend of courage and reticence along with her inquisitive nature makes her a character children will relate to, and the many unexpected twists and turns of her adventure keep the intrigue growing. The ambiguous ending --- in which it is not clear whether Kikko imagined the tea party or if the animals simply disappeared back into the woods --- provides a terrific opportunity for children to weigh in on what they think happened. This book also could launch classroom conversations about children's own experiences of being trusted with big responsibilities.
About the Author
Akiko Miyakoshi was born in Saitama, on the island of Honshu in Japan. She began creating picture books while studying visual communication design at Musashino Art University. Her first picture book, The Storm, won the Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix.
Praise For The Tea Party in the Woods…
This is a delightfully unique story with striking illustrations ...—School Library Journal
The hardest part of letting children do things on their own ... is giving them an opportunity to fail ... which is why this amazing book resonated with all three of us.—Globe and Mail
The graceful proportions, atmospheric detail, and quiet, bewitching light of Miyakoshi's charcoals distinguish this small gem.—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Miyakoshi's fairy-tale-like language, fanciful scenes, and cheery ending make this offbeat take on Little Red Riding Hood perfect for sharing.—Booklist
As beguilingly surreal as the Mad Hatter's party, with its own enigmatic appeal.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A superb, atmospheric mix of fairy tale and dream, wild woods and home comfort.—Toronto Star
... young readers will enjoy exploring The Tea Party in the Woods on their own while adults similarly will enjoy sharing it with the young people in their lives.—CM Magazine
... the varied delights offered by this strange, captivating picture book.—The Boston Globe
... simple, textured drawings are detailed enough to convey the characters' emotions.—School Library Connection