The Tea Party in the Woods - Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi
My goodness, the illustrations in this one are wonderful! I'm no expert on this, but I believe everything has been drawn with crayons, using black mostly, but with colour splashes here and there, giving the book an eerie fairytale-like atmosphere.

It all begins with a Little Red Riding Hood retelling: a little girl sets out into the woods to bring a pie to her grandmother. I kept thinking it was about to get very creepy and if this hadn't been a children's book, the horror options would've been endless. Yet, it was a children's book and nothing creepy happened...I think. The illustrations make this a great picture book to read together with your children. Or someone else's children of course.


If you just like to look at pretty drawings and/or suggestive creepiness yourself, I would also recommend spending a few bucks on this one! A lovely asset to any bookshelf. I give it 4.5 brownies, because it totally depends on your mindset what you make of this book. After reading a lot of webcomics from Emily Caroll recently, I was expecting hearts to be ripped out any second or, you know, some other gory stuff. The drawing below is the perfect example of what I mean:


MY first interpretation was "OMG, she's going to DIE! Crazy psycho eyes all around the table!". But if you look at it through the eyes of a child, it's just a bunch of furry, friendly animals, having a tea party. When artwork has a different effect on different people, you know it's good! Or I'm just scarred for life after seeing too much horror for the past decades...

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.