The Comet

The Comet

4.41 (213 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.41 (213 ratings by Goodreads)

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When Nyla has to leave her home in the countryside to start life again in the city, all she can think about is everything she misses from before. So when a comet comes crashing through the city streets and starts to glow and grow, Nyla can't resist a chance to head somewhere that feels closer to what she had before . but what starts as an escape could be just the thing to make her finally feel at home.

From the award-winning Joe Todd-Stanton, comes an exquisite and heartfelt picture book touching on the bewildering experience of moving house. This beautiful story explores how this can affect a child's sense of belonging, but also how it can open them up to new and wonderful experiences.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 230 x 270 x 10.16mm | 362.87g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1838740651
  • 9781838740658
  • 1,996

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A luminously beautiful picture book, full of bittersweet farewell feelings, about learning to welcome the new. * The Guardian * A breathtakingly intricate picture book with so much to discover on every page. -- Briony May Smith Once more using the magical and the inspiring to explore themes that are highly relevant to real children, Joe Todd-Stanton weaves a touching, compassionate story about moving home and finding your feet in new places. * Waterstones Children's Books You Need To Read in 2022 * Inspired by the changes families had to make because of the pandemic, a story of creativity, community and finding light in the dark, both visually stunning and thought-provoking. * The Bookseller * A lovely story to share with anyone who is struggling to find comfort in a new situation. -- School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW Joe Todd-Stanton is an exceptional picture book maker. There are wonderful messages about the power of creativity in helping us to make sense of and work through experiences, which is so important in the current climate. -- CLPE This exquisite and heartfelt picture book weaves a touching and compassionate story about moving home and finding your feet in new places. * Waterstones Kings Road on Instagram * A beautiful book about the experience of moving house and finding a sense of belonging. * Little Library Owl on Instagram * A story of home, family, hope and a little touch of magic. * A Library Lady on Twitter * Vibrant, beautiful, soulful - a sincere, sensitive story of hope. -- Paul Watson * The Great British Bookworm * It's a pleasure watching someone's storytelling/art go from strength to strength. * @Mat_at_brookes on Twitter * A poignant and visually spellbinding tale * @thelittleliterarysociety on Instagram * This book is truly exquisite. * Book Bairn * Intricate illustrations and a powerful story. * Check 'Em Out Books * A poignant story about moving to an unfamiliar city and how one little girl learns to adapt to her new surroundings. * storybook_mamma on Instagram * A book that would come in so useful with any child who has faced change that they were unsure about - and one that explores this with a golden glimmer of hope! -- Sharing.the.shelf on Instagram The art is breathtaking. -- @following.the.neilsons on Instagram Stunning, bold and fun -- Thepicturebookhut on Instagram Bold, breath-taking, brilliant! -- @ourclasslibrary on Instagram Absolutely gorgeous -- @ohthebookswelove on Instagram A heartfelt and visually striking book that touches upon big topics such as family, belonging, the meaning of home and navigating change -- on Instagram The illustrations are bold and amazing, with so much detail on every page. A truly beautifully designed book. * @picturebookbc * The cover just calls out to be touched, with shiny gold foil stardust and bumpy glossy foliage. * @bookskidslove_ on Instagram * The poignant text and magical illustrations immerse you into Nyla's feelings. * on Instagram * A picture book touching on the stress and pain of moving house and how this affects our relationships and sense of belonging, but also how it can open us up to new experiences - seeing that although we might have to leave places we love behind; they never really leave us. * @rabblebooks on Instagram * It's the sweetest story that will help readers realise that no matter where you go, home is here your loved ones are. -- @kidslistismagic on Instagram Beautiful illustrations that ooze warmth from the page. -- @storytimewithhanan on Instagram Things truly feel magical in this artwork. Joe Todd-Stanton plays with gorgeous light and shadows on every page, and once the comet hits the city, it feels as if each page is slowly being illuminated by a celestial glow. -- @kidlit.and.creativity on Instagram An absolute joy of a book (.) a beautiful, powerful story about dealing with change and seeing the hope and opportunity in it as well as accepting that it can be difficult at first. -- What I Read blog
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About Joe Todd-Stanton

Joe Todd-Stanton is from Brighton and grew up drawing with his mum. He studied Illustration at the University of the West of England, afterwards moving to London where he currently lives. His children's book, The Secret of Black Rock, won the 2018 Waterstones Children's Book Prize and since then he has written and illustrated seven books with Flying Eye Books.
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Rating details

4.41 out of 5 stars
- 213 ratings
5 54% (116)
4 34% (72)
3 10% (22)
2 1% (2)
1 0% (1)
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