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The Woollyhoodwinks
vs. the Dark Patch

By Jeff Root, Scott Runcorn,
Phil Dumesnil and Asa Sanchez

$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 1-59702-012-5, 8 x 11

"If you have as big a smile on your face as I did when I first saw it, I don't blame you: Woollyhoodwinks are adorable forest creatures...they are very, very cute!"
- Cutable

The Woollyhoodwinks are five cuddly creatures who enjoy life in the richly textured Black North Forest. Junco leads the imaginative Ludic, the prankster Reddy, the reasonable Ozard, and the cute baby named Fluke.

However, their carefree existence is interrupted when a piece of the sky falls to earth. There this dark patch begins to grow! As it spreads over the ground and disturbs the tranquility of their woodland home, the five friends take turns trying to solve this strange mystery. How will the naturally inventive 'Hoodwinks save the day?

True to these dolls' original handcrafted designs, the illustrations ingeniously resemble landscapes stitched from colorfully patterned fabrics. The Woollyhoodwinks' amusing and eye-catching antics will appeal to the dreamer in everyone.

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More praise for the Woollyhoodwinks

"These whimsical characters are designed as a tribute to hand crafted toys of the past, with a contemporary twist. Their unique personalities are sure to warm hearts of all ages."
- San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design

"Not many handmade toys have catchy theme songs. Those are usually reserved for the 'popular' characters who reside in Orlando. However, Woollyhoodwinks seem to have no regard for the status quo."
- The Hippest Kid

"Five little creatures have arrived from the Black North Forest...perhaps you should come in and visit soon."
- Click! Design that Fits

"A Woollyhoodwinks stampede will rile things up. The five new handmade plush whatchamacallits possess out-of-this-world cuteness."
- Daily Candy

"Ludic fits perfectly tucked under the arm of our little boy and can easily withstand the rough and tumble 'love' dished out at playgroups everywhere. Always finely dressed in his woolen attire, he often joins us during our daily adventures of grocery shopping, sing-along's and loves to just chill at home as much as we do."
- Mama Speaks

"Why it's GOOD: Your little one will instantly develop a soft spot for this spunky, strong-willed creature who looks vaguely lost. Why it's GREEN: Made of select wool with loving care, and by hand, which means less energy is used and less pollution is produced than in industrial production."
- Sprig

"OMG! Just finished reading the book...and I'm in love. I knew the illustrations would be gorgeous…But the writing is SO good. The cadence is wonderful (read it out loud to myself) and I like that it doesn't shy away from words that might be new to some kids…Immediately I made connections to Shel Silverstein's work and the great 'nonsense poems' of Edward Lear."
- Mahar Drygoods

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Art MoCo's Top 10 Books of 2008 - "a delightful tale of plush creatures"

"I LOVE IT. It's my favorite book I've reviewed all year: While I may not always feel smartre enough for Sartre, The Woollyhoodwinks vs. the Dark Patch is one for this existentialist. With a mix of cute handmade sock-puppet-looking things (the aforementioned Woollyhoodwinks) and whimsical sentences that shock and please with their originality, if you like your adult books intense, this is the kids' book for you…Of course your kids just may think the dolls are cute. And that's okay too."
- Cool Mom Picks

"The Woollyhoodwinks plush toys come to life and share a new adventure in the new children's book...Each scene in the book is beautifully photographed mixed in with drawings and stitched scenery. The jist of the story is about how the Woollyhoodwinks carefree existence is interrupted when a piece of the sky falls to the earth, becoming the infamous dark patch. But, cute story aside, you'll want to get this adorable book for all it's crafty inspiration!"
- Craft Magazine

"I am not going to tell you the story only tell you to make sure you pick up a copy for your kids, for your coffee table or for your craft room as they inspire (weird as this sounds) adventure and hand crafting. These fun little plushies are in an illustrated world that looks more like my last quilt project than the pages of a children's book. This book is stitched together to form a fun hand crafted illustrated story. I can see the kids grabbing mum's (Or Dad's) handmade plushies off the shelf and using their imagination (yes, kids still have it) to come up with their own fun stories."
- Craft Gossip

"I had a lot of fun reading this...and I think that you would too. ...I have a background in illustration (it was my first major, long story why I changed to painting) and was delighted to see the artwork in this book. They successfully and uniquely preserved the stitched textile aspect of the Woollyhoodwinks through a combination of fabric texture and digital illustration. It's a joy simply for the visual aspect!"
- Craft Leftovers

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Leveled Reading

Lexile Level: 840L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): Q
GLE (Grade Level): 4
Interest Level: K-5
Reading Recovery Level (RRL):