Written by Emily Gravett
Illustrated by Emily Gravett
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Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 Award-winning Emily Gravett’s stunning picture book is a charming, witty and moral tale about the perils of making the world look too spick and span. Deep in the forest lives a badger called Pete with a mania for tidying up. Pete’s tidies up the leaves as they fall from the trees, then he tidies up the trees themselves. When that causes a flood he sets too to deal with the mud. Tidying up mud leads to putting down concrete. But then, how can Pete ever get back into his own home? Pete realises he must put everything back! Emily Gravett’s woodland folk are delightful and the world of nature that she creates for them to live in is incredibly appealing. Good lessons will be learnt from Tidy! ~ Julia Eccleshare
Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for April 2016
Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley
Tidy by Emily Gravett
Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer by Alexander McCall Smith
Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis
There's a Moose on the Loose by Lucy Feather
Nature's Day: Out and About by Kay Maguire
Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
- George Haine, age 3 - 'It’s good and nice and beautiful... I like it.'
- James McNichol, age 6 - 'A wonderful story about a badger named Pete who is obsessed with tidying up.'
- Joseph Cross, age 4 - 'Tidy made us laugh and made us think about our wonderful messy planet!'
- Eloise Thomas, age 5 - 'Brilliant book about a lovely badger who gets it wrong! . I thought that this book was brilliant!'
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Tidy by Emily Gravett
From the creator of Meerkat Mail and Dogs, comes a very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy.
Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates quickly and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right? Lush foliage and delightfully funny characters abound in this dramatic tale of overzealous neatness that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour.
The freshness and vibrancy of the illustrations, the endearing charm of the animal characters, and the many deft comic details throughout make this a very special book.
‘One of our most inventive and surprise-full creators of picture books’ – Michael Rosen
‘She has the intuitive grasp of timing, expression and anticipation which marks out the exceptional from the mediocre’ – Sunday Telegraph
‘If Gravett isn't the best in the business, it's hard to know who is’ – Independent
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