This Sunday's New York Times Book Review has some very positive words about MFA faculty member Dennis Nolan's new book, Hunters of the Great Forest.
If “Fox’s Garden” is like a haiku, then “Hunters of the Great Forest,” by Dennis Nolan...[is] perhaps more like [an] epic poem. “Hunters of the Great Forest” is almost a traditional hero’s-journey story, as a group of tiny hunters travel in search of their surprising and funny prize. There is a whimsical, fairy-tale feeling to the art, which is reminiscent of Johnny Gruelle’s classic Raggedy Ann books." The cunning, red-nosed characters are captivating; one of the most exciting spreads of the book features the creatures simply creeping in a darkened vista with their elongated shadows attached to them like black insects.
But the book’s greatest charm and poetic achievement is in offering a new point of view. The detailed world of these bug-size creatures is immediately enveloping; readers will nervously begin to imagine dangers in the textures of the tree bark. The frightening realities of being minuscule in a big world are, however, counterbalanced by the great joys of a small pleasure at the end (no spoiler here!).
Available in hardcover or on your kindle through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hunters-Great-Forest-Dennis-Nolan/dp/1596438967/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413742516&sr=1-1&keywords=hunters+of+the+great+forest#