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Children's Fiction Friendship

On the Other Side of the Forest

by (author) Nadine Robert

illustrated by Gérard DuBois

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Mar 2021
Friendship, Rabbits, Diversity & Multicultural, General, Environment
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 3


A 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book

Named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus

What’s on the other side of the forest? A young rabbit and his father are determined to find out in this modern picture book that “feels like a vintage gem” (New York Times), calling to mind the tender work of Beatrix Potter.

Some say that wolves, ogres, and giant badgers live in the forest beside Arthur’s house. That’s why no one ever goes in there, to see what’s on the other side. But one day, Arthur’s dad has an idea—a magnificent idea! Build a tower to look over the treetops! But a magnificent idea takes a lot of work. Will the villagers join and help them? And when the tower takes shape, what will they see on the other side?

This wonderful, heartwarming story reminiscent of classic children’s books, is perfect for:

  • Teaching kids about cooperation and teamwork—and how they help us achieve our dreams!
  • A fun and creative Easter or Spring-themed gift for kids

About the authors

Nadine Robert is a Canadian author and publisher. She began her career as a video game designer and director of animated films. Her first picture book, "Joseph Fipps" (Enchanted Lion) received a STARRED review from Publishers Weekly. Cofounder of publishing house Comme des geants, she has always had a strong passion for children’s illustrated books. She holds degrees in Education and Literature and she has translated a few picture books to French. She lives in Montreal Canada with her family.

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Editorial Reviews

A 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book


“[On the Other Side of the Forest] feels like a vintage gem.”
New York Times

“Storytelling by Robert and restrained, classically drafted spreads by DuBois offer... suspense and drama along the way. An epigraph from artist Ai Weiwei underscores the value of smart collective action—a potentially dry theory that Robert and DuBois bring to life with absorbing storytelling.”
Publishers Weekly STARRED Review

“[The] family structure, the cooperative community, and the quality of the precisely inked and colored art combine for a riveting read.”
Kirkus Reviews STARRED Review

“The charming text and dreamy artwork... convey the quality of an old-fashioned folktale, while the intricate details recall the extraordinary structures built by the characters in Arthur Geisert’s pig books.”

“A heartwarming tale of a rabbit father and son and their decision to venture into the scary forest behind their house.”
Quill & Quire

“Are there really wolves and ogres and giant badgers in the forest? No one knows because no one ever goes into those dark and scary woods. You’ll have to read this fanciful picture book if you want to know … and pay special attention to Dubois’s illustrations because they’re an enormous part of the fun.”
Globe and Mail

“A must-have picture book! This endearing tale offers the opportunity to discuss what it means to help others and never give up. Recommended.”
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