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Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020
Benji Davies’ new book is a story of escape that has a particular resonance for little children. Tad lives with her brothers and sisters in their pond. The smallest almost-a-frog she has to wiggle her tail twice as fast just to keep up, and they all know that Big Blub waits at the bottom of the pond for left-behind tadpoles. With Tad the very last tadpole in the pond there’s a touch and go moment, but in a glorious burst of light, her legs arrive just in time. It’s the perfect story to reassure any child worrying they’ll always be at the back, and Davies handles light and shadow brilliantly to create and control the drama. A beautiful and very special picture book.
Sometimes the biggest stories come from the smallest beginnings... Meet Tad. She's the smallest tadpole in a big pond, and lives there with all her tadbrothers and tadsisters. Although something else lives there too... BIG BLUB! And when everyone else starts to disappear, Tad starts to wonder if Big Blub will get her too... Or is everyone else going somewhere else; somewhere better? And if so, will Tad ever get there too?
A big story about a tiny tadpole - about growing up, branching out, and taking a leap into life. From the award-winning author and illustrator of The Storm Whale and Granddad's Island, and the perfect story for everyone who's ever grown up, or still has a way to go...
Praise for Benji Davies;
Benji Davies (The Storm Whale and Grandad's Island) is fast establishing himself as a leading light in children's picture books - Huffington Post
An author-illustrator destined to be one of this generation's great talents - Huffington Post
Praise for The Storm Whale;
Like the best picture books, The Storm Whale has an outsize emotional force that often comes from what the author-illustrator Benji Davies leaves out - New York Times
Praise for The Storm Whale in Winter;
Intensely atmospheric, full of biting cold, tender detail and warm light, this is a book to cuddle up with - The Guardian
Praise for Grandad's Island
A gently magical story about bidding farewell to a grandparent, Davies' vibrant palette infuses the story with a hopeful spirit - Huffington Post
Benji Davies didn't invent the melancholy sea story, but he sure knows how to deliver one ... 'Grandad's Island' metaphorically and movingly re-imagines the experience of loss - Boston Globe
|Publication date:||7th March 2019|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 1|
|Topics:||Adventure Stories, Animals, Bedtime Reading|
Benji Davies is an illustrator and animation director. From a young age he was often to be found painting at the kitchen table, a scene which can still be seen to this day. Benji studied animation at university, and has since worked on a diverse array of projects, from picture books and animated short films to music videos, commercials and title sequences. His books have been co-editioned in many languages and countries around the world. The Storm Whale is his first self-penned picture book. He lives in London with his wife Nina.More About Benji Davies