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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442465964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442465961
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. B. on July 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is an excellent and gorgeous collection of five stories by Emily Carroll (four new, one old). Carroll's stories are creepy as hell and not to everyone's taste, so go to her website (emcarroll.com) and read "His Face all Red". If you liked it, you'll like this book. If you didn't like it, you won't like this book. (The stories in "Through the Woods" are all in the same fairy tale/horror vein as "Face all Red", and "Face all Red" is actually in the book.)

Also, be forewarned that the stories are pretty gruesome. Definitely not a book for children.
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Do you remember what it was like to be a child? Surrounded by adults who are certain that the world is solid all the way through, that nothing lurks in the dark corners of your room just because you can't see for sure. But you... you aren't so sure. You're just young enough that the world still seems magical, dangerous, impossible to predict. And then you see something you can't explain, something the adults assure you can't exist- but it sees you right back. And it's smiling. And it looks hungry.

I've been a fan of Emily Carroll for a long time, wholly because her stories beautifully encapsulate that feeling of helplessness, of inexplicable danger, that comes at a certain age. I've often wondered why her stories are so chilling to me, and why other contemporary horror/fable/fantasy artists don't have the same effect. I think there is a temptation to avoid threatening young people- not to necessarily never put them in dangerous situations, but certainly to imply that they were never in any -real- danger. It seems that, with a few exceptions (Neil Gaiman being one), if someone is hurt or killed, they must have deserved it, and if our protagonist is to survive, they must be fundamentally a good person.

Carroll, for the most part, leaves morality out of the equation. Whether or not you're a good person makes no difference to the hungry wolf. The dangers of this world are large, oblique, and irreverent of your hopes. No one can predict when the worst happens, and when it happens there are some who live, and some who die. But there are none who get away without scars. And it's only a matter of time before the inevitable.

There's a great deal to be said about this compilation.
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Graphic Novels are so much fun to read, and Through the Woods was fantastic! I think this book will appeal to readers young and old alike. It was surprisingly spooky in some tales, which was an added delight. I was not expecting to get goosbumps while reading. I sat down and read the book and I as soon as I was done I went over to my cousins house to look through it with her son that loves all things ookey and spooky. He is in second grade and he loved the book! I couldn't even get him to give it back to me when I was reading.

Through the Woods features 5 stories. I am having a hard time even picking my favorite one- they were all wonderful. I think if I had to pick I would choose My Friend Janna. My little cousin's favorite was The Nesting Place. The pictures are vivid and the perfect accompaniment for the story. Through the woods makes me want to pick up more graphic novels. I have seen this listed as middle grade and young adult. I would think it leans more towards middle grade, but there are some pretty chilling parts so young readers beware! (but all of the young readers I have encountered couldn't get enough of the graphic stories.

*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
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love this book and the artists amazingly creepy art style. i first found out about the author when i found a site with a few short story's she had drawn and written, one of them included in this book (his face all red). on the site she announced that this book was coming out and after looking at the previews i had to get it. and now ive finally got it, read it, and i loved it. =]

this book contains multiple short story's with amazing art.
chapters:

introduction
our neighbors house
a ladys hands are cold
his face all red
my friend janna
the nesting place
in conclusion

Warning: for those family members who think this mite be good for bed time story's to young kids. its NOT. although the style seems slightly cartoonish or "simple" like in most kids books. this will definitely give young kids nightmare. adults and teens iam sure will be unaffected. just a simple warning to parents who don't look deeply into what the book is about. iam sure, or at least i hope, this warning wont really be needed. =]
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Truly spectacular in every way. I have been a fan of Emily Carroll for quite awhile now and this book certainly does not disappoint. Not everyone will enjoy the stories and I highly recommend that you read a few of her earlier stories off her website before you purchase if you are unfamiliar with her.
With that say I can most certainly say that I enjoyed every story in the book, if I had one compliant it would be that it is a tad short. There are really only five stories and only four of them are new. However, all of them are good, and you will probably want to read through each of them multiple times.
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