Sue Whiting lives and works in a sleepy coastal village near Sydney, where she spends her days dreaming up adventures for her characters and trying to write them down. Sue has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA, including the bestselling The Firefighters, and the award-winning A Swim in the Sea. Her Nature Storybook Platypus, illustrated by Mark Jackson, was a CBCA 2016 Notable Book. A former primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children's literature, Sue is a highly experienced speaker who loves sharing her passion for story and storytelling, reading and writing with people of all ages. She also works as a freelance editor, writing coach and mentor. Annie White works from her studio in Melbourne, Australia. She has illustrated over 70 books for children and her distinctive images are full of expression and movement.
Beware the Deep Dark Forest captures just the right amount of creepiness with the rewarding inclusion of excitement and adventure and a strong female character determined to get her hands dirty and tackle the tough stuff. This is how you face your fears for children from age four. * Boomerang Books * White's illustrations are sumptuous and enhance the text; I particularly liked the double page spread where Rosie is twisting vines in readiness for her ravine crossing. * Sharon Greenaway Reviews * This is one of those wondrous books that will excite the imagination of daring children. * Kids' Book Review * Readers will follow the paths of the vines on the endpapers, again, alluding to Sleeping Beauty, or Beauty and the Beast, encouraging them to recall other folk tales they have heard. A wonderful read aloud, Beware of the deep dark forest will be read over and over by everyone who sees it. * ReadPlus *