A small creature looks for something to make her happy.
Deep in the titular wood there is a jumble of shapes and lines and squiggles and creatures. Every creature has a “thing that [makes] them happy.” Everyone, that is, but Pod. This small gray oval with pipe-cleaner arms and legs, big floppy ears, and large round eyes decides to go off deeper into the woods to find that special thing that will make her happy. Along the way Pod discovers friendship, camaraderie, adventure, and, eventually, her special thing. The journey is illustrated with soft hues—mostly mauves and pinks and blues—and jagged lines mixed upon curved shapes. The creatures in Pod’s world resemble nothing so much as friendly bacteria; Pod is something of an outlier in that she looks rather like a mouse. Pod’s world is peculiar and engaging, boasting stunning compositions and adorable details in the margins. Little readers will linger on every page, rubbing the soft, textured paper between their fingers. The book’s affinity for adventure will stir similar feelings in the hearts of little readers everywhere.
An endearing and fascinating journey. (Picture book. 3-5)