In its simplest form, Pilu of the Woods is a beautiful and heart-warming story about facing your emotions before they get the better of you. It’s aimed at middle-grade aged readers but it’s easily accessible for people of any age due to the message and artwork used.
Pilu of the Woods is a light fantasy graphic novel centred on a little girl named Willow and Pilu, a tree spirit. Willow and Pilu’s lives match each other’s in certain ways. They are both angry at their situations and don’t know how to deal with their negative emotions towards them.
The story starts when Willow gets into a fight with her big sister and runs away into the neighbouring woods, where she has spent a lot of time. This is where she meets Pilu, a tree spirit. As they spend time together, Willow has to come to terms with her feelings, what she calls her monsters. These emotions cause her low self-esteem or make her push away those she loves. She learns how to manage these feelings in a healthy way. Pilu also learns more about herself and friendship and togetherness.
I think this is an incredibly important message for people of any age; feelings, no matter how good or bad, demandto be felt. They must be felt. They are a vital part of life and the human experience. But if not handled correctly, they can be devastating.
Don’t be turned off by Pilu of the Woods being marketed as a middle grade or children’s story, because it really can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. It’s incredibly poignant and uplifting story about friendship, love, loss, grief and how to deal and cope with feelings. It might technically be a children’s book, but will make you reflect on some deeper aspects of life, such as feelings, emotions and reactions, as well as how they affect others.
For older readers, Pilu of the Woods acts as a reflective tool for emotions, but for younger readers it’s a great introduction to be used by parents to help children explore emotions.
Pilu of the Woods is up there with Sheets for ‘cutest graphic novel’ I’ve read. The illustrations and artwork were gorgeous and the colour scheme is beautifully put together. I also thought it was clever that the colour scheme changed throughout the story as the tone shifted.
The only minor complaints I had about this graphic novel is that the dog on the front cover doesn’t really show up much. When characters are on the cover, especially on a graphic novel, I’d expect them to be a bit more prominent. I think Pilu would have made a better cover star than the dog.
I also thought the timeline was a touch confusing at times too. It did jump about a bit which may frustrate younger readers.
But all in all, Pilu of the Woods is a beautiful graphic novel, both for aesthetics and for storytelling and I highly recommend it to everyone! Its bittersweet messages will stick with you long after you’ve closed the back cover.
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