A breathtakingly beautiful, playful celebration of childhood and the animal kingdom.
Lane Smith is the creator of a shelf of books, including the New York Times bestselling It's a Book and its companion, It's a Little Book. The beautiful Caldecott Honor-winning Grandpa Green can also be found there alongside his brilliantly quirky collaborations with John Scieszka including The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. He has also illustrated Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach and collaborated on the conceptual design of the Disney movie adaptation. In 2012, the Eric Carle Museum named him a Carle Artist for "lifelong innovation in the field of children's picture books," and in 2014 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Illustrators. Lane Smith and his wife, the designer Molly Leach, live in a small town in rural Connecticut, USA.
Witty and humorous, never irreverent, this is a celebration of sharing and belonging, as a multiracial family hugs their adventurer on the closing page . . . Absolutely radiant. * Kirkus * A wonderfully clever exploration of the rich variety of nature and a sensitive message about the importance of belonging * Daily Mail * One of the book's delights is its shifting moods and colors, which feel like the movements of an orchestral work. The textures . . . seem organically formed, as if waves and time had worn them down, yet the spreads are vivid and clean. * Publishers Weekly * Exudes a Chaplinesque charm, skillfully blending slapstick and melancholy * The New York Times * This is a profoundly welcoming book - fresh and full of adventure and sweetness - about how each of us has a story of our own to tell. * The Washington Post * A beautifully illustrated and poetic journey through the natural world, to discover groups of animals in oceans, rain forests and jungles. Mesmeric. * Huffington Post * dazzling * New Statesman * Loneliness, longing and quirky collective nouns combine to endearing effect * Wall Street Journal * A gloriously imaginative, beautiful book * Angels & Urchins * A beautiful book * Irish Independent * This engaging and attractive exploration of collective nouns weaves a lovely story about a boy who wants to belong. It follows his journey through a truly beautiful series of illustrations, reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are. * BookTrust * A visual treat exploring the curiosity and imagination of children * The Bookseller * A wonderfully clever exploration of the rich variety of nature and a sensitive message about the importance of belonging, this deserves a place on every bookshelf. * The Daily Mail *