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The Thing at 52 (Paperback)
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The Thing at 52 (Paperback)

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£7.99
Paperback 40 Pages
Published: 01/02/2024
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Exquisitely written and adorned with enchanting illustrations from Richard Johnson, The Thing at 52 is a tender-hearted and poignant tale of finding friendship and connection in the most unlikely places.

Spark meaningful discussions about loneliness, friendship, community and coping with loss with this enchantingly illustrated story about a girl who befriends a monster. There’s a Thing on my street. He lives at number 52. I see him sitting in his garden when I walk to school. He was big and lumbering and a wore a tiny top hat perched on top of his rather large head. She didn’t think he had any friends, so she brought him a flower.

It wasn’t long before their friendship bloomed… the Thing was gentle and kind and the adventures they went on were the best she could ever imagine. The girl soon discovered that there were many Things, living all over the place… which gave her an idea. She invited them all to a party, and the Things danced till midnight. Thing had never felt so happy.

But one day the Thing had to go and their adventures came to an end. All Things have to go sometime, In this poignant story, discover how small acts of kindness can grow into great friendships, and how the community you build from those friendships can provide comfort and companionship when you need it most.

Publisher: Quarto Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780711279179
Number of pages: 40
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 290 x 235 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A gentle picture book in soft focus and glowing colours about a child who befriends and loses a lonely creature in her neighbourhood. A compassionate and inspiring story.' - The Sunday Times

"a truly beautiful book that will cause many an insightful conversation between a young child and their parent, or teacher, when read together." - The Independent Children's Book of the Week

“A young girl befriends a monster in this poignant exploration of loneliness which is stunningly illustrated by Richard Johnson.” - The Bookseller

“What a wonderful way to introduce the concept of loss, memories and new beginnings to children.” - Grief Encounter

"a beautiful story about loneliness, loss and then moving on.”  - Marmalade Trust

"The Thing at 52 is a beautifully illustrated book and a very simple but meaningful story covering issues such as loneliness, befriending, loss, kindness, acceptance, friendship. The book I am sure would be enjoyed by young children, and also a starting point to look at some of the important issues mentioned and discuss these topics with them. Some of these conversations are not always easy to introduce and the book and its outstanding illustrations are a delight and a good way of raising these subjects." - SupportLine

“Each page is stunningly illustrated and so pleasing to the eye, which everyone will enjoy.” - The Herald

"Heartwarming and insightful.” - The Sunday Post

"Powerfully atmospheric and bursting with soft colour, Richard Johnson's pencil illustrations create a world that shines with emotion." - Books for Keeps

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“Friendships are sometimes not what you expect.”

Visually stunning and full of emotional punches. This majestic blend of illustrations from Richard Johnson and the story from Ross Montgomery gives the reader an explosion of emotions, just like any true friendship.... More

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“A beautiful written and dreamily illustrated story about loneliness, finding friendship, thoughtfulness and recovery from loss.”

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“A poignant and beautifully written story about kindness”

A beautiful story of a little girl who notices that the Thing that lives at number 52 doesn’t appear to have any friends. Curious she approaches the Thing and an unlikely friendship starts, soon the two are... More

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