“The narrative doesn't give nature information so much as it soothes and quiets readers’ spirits with its gentle and lyrical telling of preparation and rest. A soothing and superb story to read to nature lovers at bedtime.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Wroblewski’s beautiful woodcuts, which complement Casanova’s lyrical text, is an artist and printmaker specializing in handmade woodcut block prints.”
— Pioneer Press
It’s safe to say I’m always looking for delicious bedtime books. Our busy, chatty, distractible four year-old adores her cartoon-princess-unicorn stories, and its become my mission to balance out the commercialism that flows through our house, without being harsh. I look for books with something new to say, or that help us with our vocabulary, I look for books that work as well for girls as for boys, and that reinforce our family’s love of the outdoors. And, I won’t buy a book unless its beautifully illustrated and well written. Too much to ask?
You know that feeling when you open a book with your child and sense you’re in for something special, different. Hush Hush, Forest checks all of my usual criteria and beyond. The illustrations are serious, artful and dramatic. The words are more verse than narrative and leave space for our musings and woodland wanderings—we flip through the pages and trace our fingers over the words and the pictures…
Remember when we heard that big owl? … I might be a little shy of owls.
Yes, black bears do live in our state, Daddy saw one once, let’s ask him tomorrow …
… Mommy, can we go to the aurora borealis?
Hush Hush, Forest calls us to snuggle up, to calm down after a busy bright day, to consider what the birds, animals and the forest are doing to prepare for winter, even now while we settle down to rest. Each illustration is a story of its own, full of drama and the printmaker’s hand—I appreciate the unidealized beauty of real animals and real places and the real woodgrain showing through ink. Quiet like the woods after a snowfall, each page is deliberately arranged to encourage us to pause, take a breath between thoughts… Did my little girl fall fast asleep by the last page? Yes, yes she did.
— Reviewed by Kari Finkler, Editor Quetico Superior Wilderness News