Neal Porter Books Children of the Forest
Neal Porter Books Children of the Forest

Children of the Forest

By Matt Myers


Publication Date: April 26, 2022

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Ages 2 to 5, Grades K And Under

A boy and his younger sister set off to live a life of adventure in the untamed wilds of their own backyard in this funny and beautifully illustrated picture book.

We are wild.

We are children of the forest.

We were raised by wolves.

And racoons. And owls.

Grabbing a bow and quiver, a boy sets off with his younger sister, a toddler, to live off the land in the expanses of their own backyard. First, they sneak past their snoozing father to pilfer supplies from the refrigerator, but only what they need. After that, they’re utterly on their own.


Out in these uncharted spaces they encounter many dangers, from a ferocious mountain lion (a house cat) to a hulking canine beast (their dog). When the sun dips low, they make a camp complete with defenses to ward off predators.


Matt Myers’s cool self-serious text is juxtaposed with whimsical art depicting the playful antics of backyard life, making for a tale full of delight for imaginative children.

About the Author

Matt Myers is the author and illustrator of Hum and Swish and the illustrator of many books for children, including Battle Bunny, A Dog Named Doug, and The Infamous Ratsos series, which won a Geisel Honor. When he’s not painting or writing, he likes to build things, dig in the dirt, and hang out with his chickens. Matt lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Maya, also a Holiday House author.


Author Residence: Charlotte, North Carolina

Format: Hardcover

Length: 40 pages

Publisher: Neal Porter Books

Publication Date: April 26, 2022

ISBN: 9780823447671

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