The Wildwood Elves

Anne-Marie Chapouton; Illustrated by Gerda Muller

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  • A charmingly told classic story about the joys of discovering new places, available in English for the first time
  • Curious and adventurous children will love the enchanting hidden world of the Wildwood elves
  • Illustrations by renowned artist Gerda Muller are inspired by folklore and full of detail to spot
  • Gerda Muller is also the creator of the bestselling Seasons board books and the USBBY Outstanding International Book, A Year in Our New Garden

A classic story by popular French author Anne-Marie Chapouton, brought to life with vintage artwork by world-renowned illustrator Gerda Muller. What will the Wildwood elves discover when they visit the seaside?

254 x 236 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
19 Aug 2021


Deep in the forest, the Wildwood elves live happily in their little village, making pottery, chopping wood and growing vegetables. But when a friendly seagull makes a flying visit, they are astonished to hear of a mysterious thing called 'the sea'... and so begins a wonderful seaside adventure.

Charmingly written by popular French children's author Anne-Marie Chapouton, and full of lively and characterful illustrations by world-renowned Gerda Muller, this classic tale is available in English for the first time. Children will be enchanted by the hidden world of the mischievous, adventurous and curious Wildwood elves while their grown-ups will love the vintage artwork inspired by folklore and bursting with details of the natural world.


'The Wildwood Elves live happily, hidden under a great beech tree, deep in their forest, in their little village they pick berries, make plates, chop wood, bakes cakes and grow vegetables, they lead very busy lives. So it is that when they learn that there is a chance for an outing to the sea, an outing to be led by their friend Skye the seabird, they are all a fluster for the sea is a mystery, an adventure waiting to unfold. It is also a trip that will present them with surprise and stories to tell for generations. Prepare for enchantment, wonder, curiosity, and an exploration of the natural world led by French author Anne-Marie Chapouton and Dutch illustrator Gerda Muller.'
-- Armadillo

'The Wildwood Elves is a wonderful book about sweet little children, the wildwood elves, who want to know about the sea. The storyline is most delightful. There are lots of funny and cute little characters, like the sweet little field mice and a sea bird. You can never tell what's about to happen in this wonderful story.
The illustrations are beautiful, just like all of Gerda Muller's books.'
-- Alexandria, age 10, for Kids' Book Buzz


Anne-Marie Chapouton (1939-2000) was a popular French children's author. Born in France, she spent her childhood in Tunisia, Holland and the USA and obtained a doctorate in literature from Columbia University, New York City. When she moved back to live in the French countryside, Anne-Marie began writing children's stories for her daughters. She published over 200 books in her lifetime; including picture books, novels and poetry collections.

Gerda Muller was born in 1926 in Naarden, Holland. She attended the Fine Arts School of Amsterdam and Ecole Estienne of Paris. She has illustrated over 120 books for children and her books have been translated into many languages. She is the creator of the Seasons board books, How Does My Garden Grow?, How Does My Fruit Grow? and A Year in Our New Garden, which was named a USBBY Outstanding International Book 2017.

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