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A heartwarming story about facing your fears

Toby doesn't like heights. That's why he always carries a parachute with him. His parachute makes him feel safe when he has to climb down from his bunk bed or when he's playing on the swings. But one day, Toby's cat gets stuck in a tree, and it's up to Toby to rescue him. With the help of his parachute, Toby reaches his cat and lowers him safely to the ground. But now Toby is stuck in the tree, unless he can conquer his fears. . . .

This compelling book, perfectly complemented by Matt Ottley's expressive artwork, lends a sympathetic ear to children's fears while simultaneously assuring readers that they can overcome them.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 229 x 279 x 13mm | 408g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0802854699
  • 9780802854698
  • 141,463

Review quote

Catholic News Service
"This sweet story about facing childhood fears is perfectly paired with whimsical and captivating illustrations."

Wall Street Journal
"Emotionally insightful. . . . We see Toby confronting his fears and, step by step, overcoming them in this resonant and visually striking tale."

"Creative and captivating."
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About Danny Parker

Danny Parker works as the writer in residence and director of drama at Hale School in Perth, Australia. He has written two other picture books, both of which were also illustrated by Matt Ottley. Visit Danny's website at

Matt Ottley has been illustrating picture books since 1983. He is one of Australia's most popular children's illustrators, and has been published in several different languages around the world. Visit his website at
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Rating details

400 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 14% (58)
4 39% (156)
3 36% (143)
2 10% (39)
1 1% (4)
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