Monday, October 27, 2014

Graphic Novel review: "Through the Woods" by Emily Carroll

This gorgeous book is a collection of five creepy short stories that are loosely connected with "the woods".  No, the stories are not connected by the same "woods", but rather the idea of a wood, or travelling through the woods, or that all the strange things in stories come from the woods.

The cover immediately caught my eye, and the art inside is just as powerful.  I think of horror stories as stories that evoke strong emotions with their intensity, fear being the most pronounced emotion of course.  The art in this book amplifies the tension with its bold use of color and the way the words of the text are incorporated within the page.  The stories are short, but each reaches the creepy stage very quickly and then pushes the reader's threshold  just a bit more.

I really enjoyed this book, and found it perfect for this time of year.  I loved the beautiful artwork and the eloquent use of language, especially within the art.  The tone is so dark and mysterious - far more than I expected it to be.  I will certainly be suggesting this to tweens and teens who love horror stories, no matter if they are reluctant readers or if they regularly walk out of the library with a stack of books in their arms.  As long as they want stories that will freak them out, I think they will like this as I did!

*****
Through the Woods
by Emily Carroll
Margaret K. McElderry, 2014
208 pages
Source:  Library
*****

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3 comments:

Karen Alderman said...

I've just started reading graphic novels. This one sounds perfect for this time of year.

Karen @ For What It's Worth

Aarti said...

Ooh, nice! I have never heard of this book - seems perfect for the season! Interestingly, on Doctor Who this weekend, they were talking about how many scary stories for people take place in a forest.

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Karen, I am all about graphic novels and comics lately. Expect many more reviews to come (though I don't review comics that much - just read them)

Aarti - It is kind of strange when you think about how the woods is really a scary place in fiction (and can be in real life too).

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