From School Library Journal
PreS-K-Simple rhymes tell listeners that the deep and dark forest is home to bears, foxes, squirrels, and all types of birds. The collage illustrations are colorful and childlike, and every other page has a cutout circle that highlights a particular animal. "Who's in the forest, dark and deep?/Bear cubs tumbling in a heap, heap, heap./Who's in the forest, dark and deep?/Owls in the tree trunks, fast asleep." Toddlers, especially, will love the rhyming couplets and enjoy finding the creatures revealed with each page turn of this large-format board book.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, formerly at Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A brightly collaged forest presents itself for young explorers in a question-and-answer format enhanced by die-cut peepholes and repeated onomatopoeia. Who's in the forest, dark and deep? There's a lot to look at. In the opening spread, readers will see owls, woodpeckers, a deer, a porcupine, a beaver, a rabbit, a raccoon and, framed in the peephole, a cardinal. Turn the page, and readers will find out what else. Birds in the treetops cheep, cheep, cheep. Squirrels, foxes, bear cubs and owls fast asleep appear through the peephole, but the novelty of the page turn is blunted by the crowd that populates each spread. That said, it's a friendly, beckoning crowd, and there's lots for parents and readers to exclaim over and point out, even if the gimmick is a bit of a bust. All in all, a pleasant outing. --Kirkus Review