By Inga Moore
Candlewick Press, $16.99, 32 pages
Have you ever heard of the Beaver Builders? Few people have, and that’s because they only work in nature, building home for themselves and their animal friends. In A House in the Woods two Little Pigs live happily in the forest, one in a den and the other in a hut. After a morning of exploring, the first pig discovers that Bear has moved into her den! The second pig finds Moose in his hut! Because they’re all such good friends, the pigs don’t mind, but their homes are wrecked. They’re sad because a Bear and a Moose can’t fit into tiny pig houses. Moose has a brilliant solution. Why not build a big house where they could all live together? Time to call the Beaver Builders! All the Beavers request for payment are lots of peanut butter sandwiches. Readers will delight in seeing the house come together through teamwork and friendship. Moore’s illustrations are phenomenal. Done in pencil and pastels, her artwork covers entire pages and adds visual details to a sensational story. Children will feel immersed in scene after scene. After such hard work, who will be the first to fall asleep? Sweet dreams Bear, Moose, and Little Pigs.