Reader Reviewed Tidy by Emily Gravett
  

Tidy

Written by Emily Gravett
Illustrated by Emily Gravett

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Shortlisted 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

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Tidy by Emily Gravett

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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

Reader Reviews

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!'
     

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

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

The message is admirable and the cut-out cover enticing, but the greatest joy is in the comic expressions, hand-wrought images and witty detail. Sunday Times

If you haven't discovered the brilliant wit and inventiveness of award- winning Emily Gravett yet, then this superbly illustrated rhyming adventure is a great place to start... Gravett's familiar minor cast of bemused bunnies and dishevelled foxes pop up throughout and the pictures are packed with comic detail. Superb. Daily Mail

This beautiful book, illustrated in warm tones, is full of expressive, characterful animals and tells a charming story. Emily Gravett's place in the world of children's books is already established but in Tidy she excels herself and will delight new audiences. -- Jane Sandell The Scotsman

Funny, rhyming woodland story with an environmental message The Bookseller

Another sure-fire hit Huffington Post

Can you think of a better way to show children the virtues of the forests and the dangers of losing them? I can't! The Book Bag

A quirky rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy Irish Independent

a jolly introduction to taking care of the environment that's filled with humour and charm WRD

About the Author

Emily Gravett

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors.

Emily Gravett is an author/illustrator of exceptional talent. Twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, her sharp wit and seemingly effortless drawing have created such brilliant picture books as Wolves, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, Monkey and Me and The Odd Egg. Emily lives in Brighton with her family and their two dogs, Otto and Edith.

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett’s distinctive illustrations are always full of wit bringing the unexpected into stories and injecting them all with delightful humour. There’s magic in Spells as a frog turns himself into a handsome prince – well, almost!, excellent advice for rabbits on how to spot the danger of wolves in Wolves, lots of useful tips on how to be braver than you feel in Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, a thoughtful exploration of how home often turns out to be best despite feelings of wanderlust in Meerkat Mail, a celebration of exuberant movement in Monkey and Me and a fresh and delightful look at Dogs.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
40 pages
Interest Age: From 3

Author

Emily Gravett
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

7th April 2016

ISBN

9781447273981

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