The Forest

The Forest

A lyrical book about the adventure of life, The Forest is also a magnificent visual work, both painterly and a technical feat of paper engineering. Here, sensory experience and the textures of the material world are rendered through die-cuts, embossing, cutouts, and a single gatefold. A beautifully considered work. Riccardo Bozzi was born in Milan in 1966. He is a journalis A lyrical book about the adventure of life, The Forest is also a magnificent visual work, both painterly and a techni...

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Title:The Forest
Author:Riccardo Bozzi
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:159270218X
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:72 pages pages

The Forest Reviews

  • Rebecca
    Jul 20, 2018
    If you can get your hands on this unusual book, it's one to see in person, from its translucent vellum jacket to its inner pages, which have die-cut eyes, embossed faces (the whole book is a very tactile experience), gatefold pages, and tangled watercolor trees. Also, it's a meditation...
  • Naomi
    Aug 23, 2018
    This book is a gorgeous mediation on what is means to explore tying in science and human relationships. I gasped at each new page, full of color and texture and playful use of paper. Recommend to kids and kids at heart. ...
  • Diane
    Nov 21, 2018
    This is a lovely children's book about what you can find while exploring in a forest. The illustrations are beautiful and the text is spirited and philosophical. Highly recommended. ...
  • Kathy
    May 15, 2019
    This is a weird book, and not surprisingly, a translation. It is very beautiful, with vibrant pictures interspersed with designs of people pressed into the white pages and occasional fold outs. The poetry (not really a story) is all about explorers wandering through a mysterious forest...
  • Allie
    Aug 30, 2018
    This book is astonishingly beautiful. The color pages are so gorgeous and the embossed pages are so tactile and exciting. The content is definitely for an older kiddo and would definitely be best read on a lap with one-to-one adult interaction. There is a LOT to talk about though: the ...
  • Hannah
    Jun 08, 2019
    THE FOREST is likely the most beautiful picture book I have ever read, and definitely the most inventive. From saplings to deep wilds to arid mountains, readers journey through the metaphorical forest of life as explorers. Lpiz and Vidali envelop readers in a lush wildwood, using neg...
  • Ruth
    Jul 12, 2019
    This is a lovely book with a very interactive format. I read it through thinking it was just a beautiful book about nature and getting outside and whatnot until near the end when I realized it's actually all a metaphor for life. So I read it through again with that in mind, and it was ...
  • Kirsten
    Mar 25, 2019
    This is kind of an uncategorizable book. It initially feels like a children's picture book in its simplicity, but the allegory is pretty deep -- it depicts life and aging as a journey through a forest from which there is no return. I really liked it, but I had such a hard time figur...
  • Pam
    Jun 09, 2019
    This was a beautifully illustrated and unusual book. I wish I had a grandchild handy to read it with me. I think they might have gotten more out of it than I did. Glad I checked it out--I would give it a 3 and one-half rating if I could ...
  • Susie
    Nov 19, 2018
    Well, that was different! I read it after seeing it on a list of uniquely-illustrated books. So metaphor heavy.. not sure that I understood them all. Not too practical for a school library; I believe the public library copy I read was missing a jacket. ...
  • Renee
    Feb 01, 2019
    I loved this book. It resonated a lot with me on both a thematic level and also as a piece of artwork. The book tells a story of a group of adventurers traveling through the forest, using the forest and the people and things met therein as a metaphor for things people will encounter in...
  • Ruth Ann
    Jan 15, 2019
    While this is a lovely book about exploring the forest with beautiful illustrations and die-cut holes and embossed faces, it is apparently a metaphor for aging. Honestly, I did not notice that the faces, which age, are supposed to be the younger people (person) pictured at the beginnin...
  • Anne
    Jan 26, 2019
    Read it. Not what I was expecting! I loved the textures within the color illustrations but wanted a bit more on the white pages. I?ll admit that it took me a while to get it. Lovely illustrations. Bright. Relatively simple. ...
  • Kathy
    Dec 05, 2018
    This is a unique art-book filled with colorful forest and blind-embossed white relief faces. It tells of a journey serves as a metaphor for living. The Forest belongs with coping books on the subject of death. ...
  • Jesse
    Jan 07, 2019
    I feel like I don't 100% understand what I'm supposed to take from this, but what I did take from it is journeying forward, time passing, life, death, and all of the loveliness in between. This is very, very different, and I enjoyed it. ...
  • Pam
    Dec 10, 2018
    Hard book to classify. A child can read through it as a walk through the forest and enjoy the illustrations, cut outs, and white on white illustrations. An adult/older child can certainly see the metaphor for life's journey as they appreciate the same pages. ...
  • Erica
    Jan 30, 2019
    The illustrations' mix of watercolor and embossing & cut-outs on heavy white paper effectively matches the text's mix of descriptions of a trip into a forest and a metaphor of birth, development, aging, and death - in that neither is fully effective even though they are both lyrica...
  • Kate
    Mar 17, 2019
    The art is stunning and inventive. At first it seems a story of children exploring a forest, but I realized near the end of the book there was a deeper tale. Read a second time and it is about life. Amazing book that can be read on different levels by children and adults. ...
  • Sarah
    Mar 10, 2019
    I picked this up from a display in the children's department at my public library. The cover on my copy does not have a title. That intrigued me. It is also a thick soft cover picture book with thick (not board book) pages. As I began to read, I found the voice stocatto and then it fel...
  • Gordon
    Jul 03, 2019
    The Forest a collaborate book by Riccardo Bozzi, Violeta Lopiz, and Valerio Vidali, is not so much an actual "children's illustrated story" as it is a metaphorically poetic work of art in book form, better suited to adults. As a beautifully crafted object, the book itself is filled wit...
  • Larissa Fan
    Aug 22, 2018
    This a gorgeous book with wonderful illustrations and embossed and die-cut pages. It's a tactile pleasure to read and really cannot be produced in digital format. I wouldn't classify it is a children's book, it's more of an art book that can be appreciated by children. Lovely, poetic, ...
  • Beth
    Jul 09, 2018
    Whoa. Beautifully engineered and a beautiful story. ...
  • Travis
    Jan 18, 2019
    I generally like the design of this book, the combination of the simple, boldly colored forest and its creatures with the depiction of humans through embossing and paper cuts is interesting. I don't think every page needs to be double thick there are two pages that fold out (though I s...
  • Sam Schedler
    May 03, 2019
    I can't read this to kid's because if they don't think it's beautiful and poignant reflection on the deeper meanings of life I would get so frustrated. like ya there is a bird in this picture that's not the point u dumb child ...
  • Hannah
    Mar 28, 2019
    What beautiful, vibrant illustrations and use of embossing! An interesting allegory on growing up, starting as a curious child, becoming a more aware adult, experiencing community and hardships, and the inevitability of aging and death--(view spoiler)[but ending gently with the cycle b...
  • Maureen Agnes
    Jan 03, 2019
    I thought this book was about one thing...turned out to be about another, so I had to re-read it. It was a nice surprise. Somehow from this simple idea, I did yearn for more - maybe the illustrations were lacking for me, or I wish the writing had been more concise. I believe this was a...
  • Mathew
    Jul 16, 2018
    Four years in the making, is a 'picturebook' like nothing I have read before. In fact, it's more an interactive exploration of what it is to be human in book form than a picturebook. From its beautiful pull-away vellum jacket to its embossed white spreads that show humans from very you...
  • Cat
    Nov 15, 2018
    Took my breath away with both it's beautiful illustrations, paper cuts, etc...and it's philosophical story line. All ages would love this story book, littles one on one with an adult. There's lots to discuss with this one. Gorgeous! ...
  • Jasen
    Jan 16, 2019
    Quite a few layers to be distilled here. Not simply a story about a forest, but a journey through this world. Great metaphor that comes full circle via beautiful embossed pages with cutouts and fold outs. ...
  • Ellie Labbett
    Nov 28, 2018
    The Forest presents a very different reading experience, physically and visually this is an innovative book which works to immerse the reader in the mystery of passing through the great unexplored. There is plenty to be thinking about with each turning page, particularly in terms of un...