Peter and his father are moving to a new house beyond the dark unfriendly woods. When they arrive at their new home, Peter wants to turn back. Fortunately, he has Harold for company, but Harold is just a dog and can't help Peter. Scared of the things hidden in the woods, Peter makes a tall pile of pillows. He stiches and sews. He pushes and pulls. And when he is done, he has Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, to protect him and Harold.
Lenny is a good guard but Peter worries that Lenny will get lonely out by the woods all by himself, so he makes Lucy, who is a good friend. Together, Lenny, Lucy, Peter, and Harold discover that this new place isn't so scary after all.
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About the Author
Philip C. Stead is the author and illustrator of A Home for Bird, which received four starred reviews and Hello, My Name is Ruby, which earned three starred reviews. His latest book, Sebastian and the Balloon, has received 2 starred reviews so far.
Erin E. Stead is the illustrator of many picture books, including the acclaimed And Then It's Spring (4 starred reviews) and If You Want to See a Whale (3 starred reviews).
Together, Phil and Erin created A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal, as well as Bear Has a Story To Tell, named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. This is their third book together for Roaring Brook Press. They live in a 100-year-old barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
"A quiet, comforting tale of finding where you belong." --Booklist
"A wonderfully creative story of resilience and friendship." --School Library Journal, starred review
"Hypnotic artwork and storytelling invite children to linger in the wild woods of worry and emerge intact, enriched, and utterly invigorated by this complex, contemporary fairy tale." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Erin Stead uses faded grays for the alien forest and warm, quiet color for the story's living souls. What stands out is the Steads' (Bear Has a Story to Tell) ability to evoke the wordless intimacy and companionship that every child needs-and will make for themselves, if necessary." --Publishers Weekly, starred review