The Cave


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.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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1 Response to The Cave

  1. Oh, I haven’t seen this one. Love the illustrations. Will have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up!

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