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Big Hid
Contributor(s): Swales, Roisin (Author)

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ISBN: 1911171305     ISBN-13: 9781911171300
Publisher: Nobrow Press
OUR PRICE: $14.41  

Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: August 2017

Annotation: When Big unexpectedly hides one day, his best friend Little tries everything to get him out of his shell.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Turtles
Dewey: E
Lexile Measure: 260 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Physical Information: 0.4" H x 10.8" W x 9.1" (0.75 lbs) 36 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Swales, Roisin: - Roisin Swales is an illustrator and animator based in Manchester, who graduated in 2016 from Manchester School of Art with a First Class Honours in Illustration with Animation. Her main focus is illustration for children's picture books, animation and character design. She was the winner of the World Wide Picture Book Illustration Competition in 2015 for ther book "johnny Dolans Cat." She was given a "Highly Commended" award from Macmillan Picture Books for her book "Why is Grandad Grumpy" in 2016 and was part of an exhibition at Foyles in London. She lives at her tiny white house on a hill with two cats, her boyfriend, and her flock of ornamental birds.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 June #3)

"Big and Little are a great team," newcomer Swales begins. "They climb trees." Little, a squirrel, stands triumphantly on a high branch, while Big, a tortoise, dangles below, tied to the branch with an orange rope. "They chew stuff," Swales continues as Little eats cake and Big gnaws on olive-green leaves. One vignette shows them under sheets, dressed as lumpy ghosts ("They dress up"). When Big retreats mysteriously into his shell, Little is distressed, and his initial attempts to cheer Big up (such as baking his own favorite cake for the tortoise) don't help. After more false attempts, a hug does the trick. There's a change in tone as the smart, tongue-in-cheek comedy of the first act yields to earnest sentimentality ("Little missed Big very much"). Swales's wide-eyed figures and simple shapes recall Chris Haughton's work, with extra volume and detail. Bold close-ups convey intimacy, and an elegant palette of plum, vermilion, and tangerine warms the pages. Swales doesn't get into the reasons behind Big's retreat, and while Little's well-meaning support is never in doubt, the decision to emerge remains Big's alone. Ages 3–5. (Aug.)

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