Kid’s Book Review: The Secret Forest

Kid’s Book Review: The Secret Forest

About the Book and Author / Illustrator

The Secret Forest is a beautifully illustrated story that will take a reader and young child on a wonderful journey through peaceful woodlands. On every page there are interesting Nature facts and things to look out for.

Sandra Dieckmann is the author and illustrator. You can see some examples of the detailed pictures on the inside pages as you scroll down this post. This lovely gift book is published by Scholastic. We love it!

Beginning at first light with a young fawn and his mum, you’ll meet foxes and butterflies, bears and bees, squirrels and birds galore – all before sun sets again and the moon rises over the trees as the night-time creatures come out to play. What else will you find?

The Secret Forest cover




Sandra Dieckmann

Sandra Dieckmann is an illustrator, author and maker. Her work is deeply inspired by all that’s weird and wonderful in nature, drifting, thoughts and dreams. She is best known for her colourful and patterned, often intricate renderings but works in a multitude of media from pencil and paint to digital and sometimes clay.

Sandra’s work has been applied to a wide selection of international commissions and projects including licensing, editorial, book illustration and much more. She was born in the north of Germany but now lives and works in the beautiful Peak District in the UK. You can discover her other books on her website.

Book Review

I like that the book starts in the morning, goes through the day and finishes at night time

I really liked this book. I enjoyed spotting and counting the animals. I like the salmon the best! I think the pictures are amazing.
I like that the book starts in the morning, goes through the day and finishes at night time.
There are some interesting facts at the back.
I think other children who like nature will love this book.

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Reviewer Profile

Junior Reviewer Clark
  • Name: Clark
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: dinosaurs, chocolate cake and Transformers
  • Dislikes: scary things and jelly
  • Favourite Book: Ten Little Pirates by Michael Brownlow
  • Favourite Film: Mini Force: New Heroes Rise
  • Favourite Song: Iron Man by Black Sabbath