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Peculiar Woods: The Ancient Underwater City

Book #1 of Peculiar Woods
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Moving to a new town can be a scary experience, especially when all of your things begin to come alive! In this whimsical, thrilling new series, a lonely boy named Iggie forms an unlikely band of heroes to overcome adversity and discover the importance of true friendship.


Nine-year-old Iggie is the new kid in the town of Peculiar Woods, and nothing about his new home is familiar. So how is he supposed to make friends when he's not allowed to talk to strangers?

On his first night in the strange new town, Iggie gets lost in the woods, where he discovers he can speak to inanimate objects. He soon teams up with his blanket, Faye, a talking chair and yoga enthusiast named Boris, and a pair of spirited chess pieces, and sets out on an epic quest to help his new friends solve their problems. Along the way, Iggie and friends encounter the nefarious washing machine, Lazarus Gallington, and begin to uncover the mystery of the flooded town. Throughout his epic quest, Iggie discovers the value of friendship while also discovering what needs to be done to save the entire village—before it's too late!

With a rich, enchanting story and artwork reminiscent of The Brave Little Toaster, Adventure Time, Hilda, and other children's classics, Peculiar Woods will enchant young readers with its stories of unlikely heroism, friendship, and adventure.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (May 23, 2023)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781524879297
  • Ages: 7 - 11
  • Lexile ® GN450L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

“[A] gently eerie graphic novel series opener. [S]oftly rounded illustrations rendered in an autumnal palette depict Iggie’s loneliness and struggle to fit in, and personify the objects’ bizarre personalities, to deliver a cozy adventure.”
(Publishers Weekly)

“Imaginative worldbuilding and adventure mixed with unique characters and quirky humor.” Kirkus Reviews (Kirkus Reviews)

“Cartoonish illustrations just this side of absurd and a balance of witty and meaningful dialogue clearly distinguish the inanimate objects’ characteristics and personalities, while the breezy panels expertly pace the heroes’ quest[.]” (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

"This offbeat story utilizes the fantasy genre admirably, teaching young readers about the importance of friendship and showing how fear can often be the fuel for true courage and bravery. Peculiar Woods features excellently paced illustrations and full-color panel work that help elevate the story." (Booklist)

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