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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Bushed?! All in the Woods... written by J.R. Poulter and illustrated by Linda Gunn tells the story of Pete who has just moved to the countryside in the area where his Granddad used to live. Pete discovers a strange furry visitor who likes snacks, but is very secretive. The family and the neighbours worry Pete might be talking to himself or talking to the trees, but when Granddad comes to stay, Pete finds out the visitor is well known to Granddad. The neighbour, Mrs. Allan, has an elderly relative to stay and finds her ways very annoying and is very intolerant. However, there’s a big surprise in store when Granddad and Mrs. Allan’s relative start talking.
The author, J.R. Poulter, has written a delightful story about Pete and what he discovers, and the story is accompanied by beautiful illustrations which really bring the story to life. Not only is this a fun read, but it’s about tolerance and understanding of older people, respect for the past, and above all, respect for one another. Mrs. Allan, the neighbour, is quite annoying with her comments to Pete’s mum, insinuating there is something wrong with Pete just because – in her opinion – he is acting strangely. She shows the same lack of understanding with her visitor. The ending is really satisfying when it all comes together and it is Mrs. Allan who ends up looking silly. All in all, a lovely book that a young reader could tackle alone, but would also be ideal to discuss with a parent or carer.