The beautifully-written bedtime story of a boy's favourite toy which goes missing on a trip to Grandma's house.When Tom goes to Grandma's house to stay, he remembers to pack everything - except his favourite toy, Small.Tom can't sleep without Small and imagines him sad and lonely in his bedroom in the dark...Small can't sleep either, so he climbs out of the window to go looking for Tom. He runs and runs, leaps over puddles, trips and falls - Poor Small!Through dark, dark woods Small keeps running...until he arrives at Grandma's house.Meanwhile, Tom is also out of bed and creeping downstairs to find...SMALL! And he'll keep him safe forever.
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Clara Vulliamy trained in Fine Art at the Ruskin School and the Royal Academy. She lives in Twickenham with her husband and their two children, who provide inspiration for her work.From Publishers Weekly:
Mistakenly left behind when his owner goes on an overnight to Granny's, a toy mouse named Small risks his stuffing on a nighttime, cross-country reunion quest. Small must evade obstacles that are staples of this genre spooky darkness, a mean cat, yucky weather but Vulliamy (the daughter of Shirley Hughes, whose style this work clearly recalls) breathes new life into these familiar encounters. In contrast to the cozy, Hughes-like vignettes showing Tom indoors at Granny's, the night landscapes, rendered in shimmery blues, greens, lavenders and grays, radiate a chilly beauty. Vulliamy heightens the menace with overhead and distorted perspectives; in one scene, deep focus makes it seem as if the city's buildings are encroaching on the hero. But Vulliamy doesn't overplay her hand. Even though Small's eyes are wide with anxiety, youngsters will be reassured by the indomitableness that animates his sturdy little body especially in panels that show him confidently shimmying down a drainpipe or hurdling a curb. Those on the upper end of the target audience may be too old to be caught up in Small's perils, but younger children will follow his trials and tribulations avidly, and enjoy a satisfying sigh of relief when the beloved mouse lands himself back into the boy's arms. Ages 3-6.
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Book Description HarperCollins Children's Books, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006647758