A breathtakingly beautiful, playful celebration of childhood and the animal kingdom.
Lane Smith is an award-winning author and illustrator. He is best-known in the UK for It's a Book, his wonderfully observed picture book which provides a playful and light-hearted examination of print as a medium in the digital age. He is also known for his brilliantly quirky and silly collaborations with Jon Scieszka, in particular for the multi award-winning The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. He is also the author and illustrator of There Is a Tribe of Kids and A Perfect Day. Lane lives in a small town in rural Connecticut with his wife, Molly, a picture book designer.
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 *