I love picture books with surprise endings, especially funny surprise endings. The Cave by Rob Hodgson delights readers (that’s me!) with expressive illustrations and a funny twist. One illustration shows just eyes in the dark cave with rain coming down and yet the reader knows exactly what’s going on: a complex mix of worry, tension, uncertainty. The wolf is waiting outside this cave for the little creature inside, and this wolf is hungry and tricky, just as all the fairy tales warn us. There’s no doubt that we are not misreading what the wolf wants to do. The surprise comes from the little creature, wholly satisfying because it confronts the assumptions we make.