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$15.95 U.S.A. The Woollyhoodwinks are five cuddly pals who play in the richly textured Black North Forest. Junco leads the imaginative Ludic, the prankster Reddy, the reasonable Ozard, and the baby named Fluke. However, the peace is disturbed when part of the sky falls to earth. This dark patch begins to grow, so the five friends try to solve this strange mystery. Can the crafty ‘Hoodwinks preserve their woodland home with some divine inspiration? True to the dolls’ handmade origins, the ingeniously designed illustrations resemble landscapes of colorful fabrics stitched together with loving care. The Woollyhoodwinks’ amusing and eye-catching antics will appeal to the dreamer in everyone. Visit the Woollyhoodwinks online at:
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sparkles dim. and dusk calls the curtain .S o sunset begins.
.for another day in the Black North Forest.
L udic puts down the pen.O zard turns down the beakers. .
R eddy drapes a sheet over the mirror because “Mirror-Reddy must sleep. too.” J unco snaps out of a deep trance from gazing at a button all day. . Perhaps tomorrow the secret of the button will reveal itself.
Fluke is afraid of the dark. You see.A nd Fluke… well… Fluke beckons a bedside firefly and settles down for another night of shivers and worry. .
.So the space between yesterday and tomorrow is now. And the Woollyhoodwinks fall… one wink… five winks… ten winks… asleep.
A ruckus breaks dawn with thunder. and wink and blink. and tear. The ’Winks rattle and wake. quake. and wink and wonder how and why would some rude noise beast be dancing about at this hour? .
. ears up. wonder torch lit. a call is on the wind. Something out there does not belong. A deep gurgle and hum echoes through the forest.S leep lost. eyes wide.
T he ’Winks comb the fields and p ush . falls back the curtains of .
no reaction.The search ends at a clearing in the woods. no reply. The color of cave. . where a patch is stitched to the ground. there’s no ripple. seams ’round a night with no moon… with a dip of the toe. a well without walls.
but from where? Down there? .O ne ’Wink on a rope. up here. lowered through the shadow. No. Reddy whistles a response. fades slowly into dark fog. Junco whistles a call.
Ludic dreams. Fluke sees the threads of the dark patch unravel. Questions commence. reach out. ’W ink huddle called. and re-stitch. nothing? What not.Ozard thinks. Is it something. or not at all? . Junco blinks. this nothing is something. ’Winks agree. Reddy spins.
” . Fluke sets a box with a stick and a string as a backup… a reserve… a “Plan B. and spring-loaded catches.O zard sets a trap made of husk rope and birch wood. flywheels.
lights the wick. so frayed threads are free to wrap and weave. Now Ozard is stitched into the dark patch. .The ball hits the catch. turns the wheel. But the trap traps a trap instead of a patch.
until… .” “thou-arts.R emembering that pen has more might than sword or at least more than a trap. and haiku. inflection. Ludic drags out a chest of old poems and prose.” and “woe-be-gones. “therefores. good diction. sonnets. and verve.” Ludic reads to the patch great works by Ludic. With passion.
and caught unaware. distracted. Ludic trails off… Now Ludic is stitched into the dark patch.Fluke interrupts with a well-worn rhyme: es. thimbles and twin s and nin tche e. . “Sti dar ” knes s will you ever leave us? Annoyed.
Now a patch with a jaw full of yawn can swallow no such thing. . A perfect tantrum in a fit of sparks. so to work Reddy rolls. a hummingbird. Such energy often leads fellow ’Winks to tire and collapse. a tornado tied to a meteor.R eddy is a lightning bolt.
that Reddy finds uncommonly enchanting.But Fluke is playing with a pinwheel. Wide-eyed and hypnotized. Reddy sputters out and drifts… Now Reddy is stitched into the dark patch. with a slow-swirling center. .
and duck calls— an opera for oboe. Junco opens with a “SHRONK!” The patch sings back “SKRONK!! SKR ON ” . and ox.J unco knows an old ’Wink song that parts the clouds and clears the haze when played through holes in hollowed Black North logs. It sounds like tar-pit tubas. melted organ pipes. horn.
And Fluke whistles peep… peep… peep… on a broken-branch. Now Junco is stitched into the dark patch. twig flute— out-of-place. and all wrong. Junco. out-of-tune. With a cough in the cadence. confused. . forgets the next verse.
through creek. a whisper. over meadow. er in g fo Flu k c e’s ou rm .T he dark patch has spun tangles of shadow into tree. If f e ar a is rse. an idea. ra ge is s p ark e d i n the ic k fl of a firefly. then brave cu ry ac ure .
a song. a mission. the little craft sings… “Stitches and nines. hovering rickety and ramshackle. Save the Black North Forest. Powered by firefly. thimbles and twine. and a purpose.” Fluke sails on. darkness will you ever leave us?” . “Rescue the Woollyhoodwinks. Wheezing popcorn. It has a rhythm.A puzzle-piece-Picasso-balloon. Pedaled by Fluke.
AND TWINE… . THIMBLES… It’s brimming and buzzing.S TITCHES… Fluke is drifting. AND NINES… The volcano on the Island of Old Cants is glowing. humming and rumbling. Strange things are happening.
the Black North shakes! And then… . quakes. singing along.Echoing the song. KNESS WILL YOU EVER LEAVE US?” AR “D Tremors.
Swarming the fringes of the dark patch and the tangled Black North Forest. A . a geyser of light pours from the rim of the volcano. a burst. A battalion of hope.n eruption. of fire and fly.
burning brighter than bright. chanting Fluke’s little rhyme. ’Wink after ’Wink. . The dark patch cowers. It shrivels. and recedes. shrinks.Showering light. releasing tree after tree.
.U ntil all that is left is the small they found in the clearing that patch of nothing morning.
Fluke darns the sky with needle and thread. the ’Winks lift the patch. and the day of the dark patch is done.W ith a heave and a hoist. . with the help of the rope they left dangling.
T .hen Fluke says good night to his firefly friend and sends him back to the Island of Old Cants.
Fluk . a e is no longe r fraid of the dark.Because you see.
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4 _ 1 The Woollyhoodwinks Tree 2 Western Elm Grove 3 Great Northern Birch Forest 4 East Maple Woods 5 The Island of Old Cants 6 Fields of Rootcorn 7 Southern Oak Thicket - Legend 6 5 .
and write songs and stories about them (Phil Dumesnil and Asa Sanchez respectively).com Printed in Singapore . At an age when most folks have long set down their toys for more grown-up pursuits.immedium. is the perfect gift to any new parents you encounter this year.This book is a collaborative effort of four friends in San Francisco.” . these guys thought it might be fun to create a few whimsical characters (Jeff Root).” – SFist “If I’ve learned anything about favorite picture books. CA. bring them to life (Scott Runcorn).” – Model Railroad News “The alphabet section is one of the best I have ever seen.. They hope you enjoy the results! Other books from Immedium: “The Year of the Pig (the sequel to 2006’s Year of the Dog). This book is engaging and educating. it will be requested so much even the kids will have it memorized almost word for word in no time.The Opinionated Parent www.. A real keeper.
“These whimsical characters are designed as a tribute to hand-crafted toys of the past. with a contemporary twist.immedium. the Woollyhoodwinks are destined to be childhood favorites.” – Raymond McKenzie SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM of CRAFT+DESIGN “With the charm of classic storybook characters and the hand-crafted appeal of vintage toys.” – Robert Mahar MAHAR DRYGOODS www. Their unique personalities are sure to warm hearts of all ages.com .
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