Emily Brown and the Thing

Emily Brown and the Thing

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In this warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme - being scared of the dark - Emily and Stanley find a 'Thing' crying outside their window. They embark on a series of adventures to find everything he needs for a good night's sleep . . . but nothing seems to work. What is troubling the Thing, and why can't he get to sleep? Parents and children the world over will recognise all the bizarre excuses a child can make to keep the light on and a parent in the room at bedtime, and this story shows how important it is to talk to children, and find out what is really going on in the complex depths of a child's imagination.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 244 x 274 x 6mm | 220g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • full colour throughout
  • 1846166942
  • 9781846166945
  • 49,027

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Rascally bedtime fare. * Booklist * A really cute book. * The Herald-Standard * Praise for That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown:Charming, funny and gets my vote for the best picture book of the year. * FT Magazine * A warm-hearted and witty take on being scared of the dark * Guernsey Press & Star * Praise for That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown:Cowell has written the picture book of the year. * The Times. * This is a wonderful story about a small girl dealing with a very high maintenance monster called the Thing. It's funny, it's got twists and turns and shows us, among other things, that we can spend far too much time nurturing our fears rather than trying to conquer them * The Guardian * A simple story, imaginatively reflected in wildly wonderful artwork, that will delight both old and young readers * Carousel * A warm-hearted and witty take on the classic theme of being scared of the dark * Family Interest Magazine * Cowell's narrative is both deeply rooted in the conventions of folk tale...and yet refreshingly contemporary and colloquial in tone. Such layers of richness are confidently matched by Layton's brilliantly anarchic illustrations...Emily Brown and Stanley are most appealing characters and, like Sendak's Max, more than a match for wild Things * Books for Keeps * The illustrations are often dark and complex but they are entirely appropriate to the story * School Librarian * Rascally bedtime fare * Booklist Online * Imaginative, funky * Daily Mail * A fantastic tale. * North West Evening Mail *
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About Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell grew up mostly in Central London. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin's and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton. She lives in Hammersmith, London with her husband, three children and a hamster Mini. Neal Layton was born in Chichester, West Sussex. He has illustrated more than 40 books to date, working with award winning authors such as Michael Rosen and Roger McGough. 'Oscar and Arabella' which he both wrote and illustrated won him the Smarties prize in 2002. He now lives in Southsea, Portsmouth with his wife who is also an artist, and their new baby daughter.
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95 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 46% (44)
4 38% (36)
3 13% (12)
2 2% (2)
1 1% (1)
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