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BOOK REVIEW: Dulcinea In The Forbidden Forest by Ole Könnecke

| 18 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dulcinea In The Forbidden Forest by Ole Könnecke

Gecko Press
September 2021
Hardcover, $24.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

Children’s Picture Books / Translated / Beginner Readers / Early Reader Chapter Book

70% Rocking

A funny illustrated fairy tale for early readers about the brave and capable Dulcinea, who must save her father from the witch’s spell and get him home to celebrate her birthday.

Dulcinea has known since she was small not to enter the dangerous magic forest where the witch has her castle. But her father hasn’t come home from collecting blueberries for her birthday pancakes. Did the witch cast a spell on him? Dulcinea must brave the dark forest and sneak into the witch’s castle to steal the spell book and free him. Her father would hardly have named her after the brave Dulcinea if she couldn’t break a witch’s spell to celebrate her birthday with him!

This is a funny fairy tale for children starting on independent reading, with warm and characterful illustrations and a witty story.



A cute little fairytale that has elements of many we know and love… a witch that lives in the forest and will snatch you if you enter, magic, monsters in the moat, and a plucky young heroine who sets out, against the odds, to save the day and rescue her family.

She knew him at once by his hat, his moustache, and his gentle brown eyes.
Her father couldn’t speak, of course, because he was a tree. But he could move his eyes, and his fingers (now leaves) showed the path the witch had taken.
Dulcinea understood what had happened.

Simple but evocative illustrations, all with shades of orange tinting to tie in with the cover, this book would be great for beginner readers who aren’t ready for longer chapter books, but want something a little more challenging than a picture book.

This does have chapters, despite some chapters running all of two pages of text, which gives a decent place to stop and take a breath, whether the youngster is reading the book to you or themselves, or is having a hard time sitting still while you read it to them.

This also lends itself to swapping who is reading the story, chapter by chapter, to help keep it fun and stop the youngest readers amongst us from getting hung up on the reading process with limited comprehension for the story itself. And if they do finish reading the whole thing themselves, it’ll give them a sense of accomplishment.


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