Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root

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About the Book

A book much like the mysterious, inviting woods it describes. Step in to find friendship, magic, and surprises. 

A little girl who can only sleep during the day grows from something of an isolated town oddity to the heiress of an ancient legacy of magic and music. 

Exquisitely illustrated, this gentle, satisfying young fantasy is filled with unforgettable, quirky characters  and imagery. A perfect read-aloud, it shows how one can find friends in the unlikeliest of places--windowsills, rabbit burrows, the library. 

Debut author Christopher Pennell casts a spell with his irresistible adventure while illustrator Rebecca Bond's pen-and-ink drawings perfectly capture this atmospheric world and contribute to the feel of a timeless classic. Step into the mysterious woods of Whistle Root and feel the magic.

About the Author and Illustrator

Christopher Pennell studied briefly at Yale but graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in German and Psychology.

Rebecca Bond grew up in the tiny village of Peacham in northeastern Vermont, which, like the town in this story, was inhabited by “wonderful people.” When she is not having fun painting and writing, Rebecca is busy fixing up her new (to her) old house in a neighborhood in Jamaica Plain, Boston. She is the author of several superb picture books.


Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root Excerpt by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt