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Small in the City (Paperback)
  • Small in the City (Paperback)

Small in the City (Paperback)

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Paperback 40 Pages
Published: 03/09/2020
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Waterstones Says

Sensitively depicting the unnerving sensation of feeling very tiny in an enormous new environment, Smith’s gorgeously illustrated picture book is cinematic in its spare, intensely visual storytelling. 

Winner of the The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2021

I know what it's like to be small in the city...

Being small can be overwhelming in a city. People don't see you. The loud sounds of the sirens and cyclists can be scary. And the streets are so busy it can make your brain feel like there's too much stuff in it. But if you know where to find good hiding places, warm dryer vents that blow out hot steam that smells like summer, music to listen to or friends to say hi to, there can be comfort in the city, too.

We follow our little protagonist, who knows all about what its like to be small in the city, as he gives his best advice for surviving there. As we turn the pages, Sydney Smith's masterful storytelling allows us to glimpse exactly who this advice is for, leading us to a powerful, heart-rending realization...

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406392982
Number of pages: 40
Weight: 235 g
Dimensions: 315 x 200 x 3 mm


'It's a masterpiece of thick, blurry lines and drifting snow, framing a child's solitary yet celebratory experience of urban life.' - BookTrust 

'As with all the best picture books, the real story begins on the final page.' - The Times

'A stunning piece of work; thank you Sydney Smith.' - The School Librarian 

'Looking for something a little different for an imaginative child who likes art? Look no further.' - The Irish Independent, Children's Books of the Year 

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“Simply Beautiful”

I absolutely adore this book - I keep re-reading and see or feel something different every time. Sydney Smith perfectly captures that feeling in a big city of being completely engulfed in it. There is sadness, but... More

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