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Review: Beyond the Deep Forest by RD Dikstra

Series: Tigeropolis #1 tigeropolis-1

Title: Beyond the Deep Forest

Author: R D Dikstra

Publisher: Bella Media

Pages: 126

Date of Publication: November 1st, 2015

Rating: 5/5


What a delightful children’s book this proved to be! It is written with an audience of eight to twelve year olds in mind but I have to admit that once I started reading it, I really didn’t want to put it down 🙂 It tells the story of a family of tigers who are used to living their lives in relative seclusion, rarely venturing far and totally unaware that this now means that the authorities believe there are no tigers left in the area. When the adventuresome cub, Bittu, overhears the threat to build a road through their reserve the tiger family realise it is time for action!

This is an appealingly written and illustrated book that certainly appealed to the children I discussed it with! It has lovely, cartoon type illustrations of the characters and events which are related in a child friendly, humorous and engaging manner. There are snippets of factual information interwoven into the story, helping the reader learn more about tigers whilst enjoying the story.

Any teachers or parents involving their children in learning about conservation work will probably find this a different approach as everything is related from the point of view of the tigers. Some of their descriptions of the tourists they watch are laugh out loud hilarious! So, it would also be great when endeavouring to demonstrate how to write from a different point of view. However, I think this is a brilliant, engaging read and is certainly a story to enjoy for its own sake as well as developing awareness of the need to protect natural habitats and the wildlife living there.

Thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


“Every tiger needs to read this story – if only to make sure it doesn’t happen to them”, Uncle Raj.

An idyllic life is under threat when the tigers discover their forest is for the chop. It’s been their home for as long as anyone can remember. Faced with such a threat they have to use all their ingenuity to find a way to save their beloved Tigeropolis.

This book is available from a variety of sources, including

Amazon (UK)            Amazon (US)

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