Reader Reviewed There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith

There is a Tribe of Kids

Written by Lane Smith
Illustrated by Lane Smith

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Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2016 Award-winning Lane Smith’s stunning illustrations create a delight of a story which imaginatively and vaguely hints at a pre-historic time and brings it vividly to life. A single child dressed in a leafy robe plays happily in a variety of dreamy settings which begin as quiet and lonely spaces but which become increasingly busy. The child’s playmates include a colony of penguins, a smack of jellyfish, a pod of whales, an unkindness of ravens, a parade of elephants, a troop of monkey, a band of rhinos and a crash of gorillas. And then, he finds a tribe of children who become his real playfellows. The minimal text makes brilliant use of the special descriptive words for each animal group. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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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.

  • Ethan Watkin, age 8 and Elissa Watkin, age 3 - 'Really pretty pictures. My little sister who is 3 giggled at the funny story and enjoyed choosing which kid she liked best.'
  • Reba and Amatullah Khatun, age 6 - 'The funny illustrations made us giggle and added to the beauty of this sweet tale. We enjoyed the ending very much.'
  • Priya Dhoot, age nearly 3 and her Grandmother - 'The book is visually very appealing and asks you to look inside...My granddaughter wanted to read it again and again.'
  • Emma Radford with Sam, age 5 and Jack, age 4 - 'The illustrations are beautiful and provide lots of talking points.'


There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith

Did you ever want to waddle with a colony of penguins? Wriggle with an army of caterpillars? Or march with a troop of monkeys?

Legendary illustrator Lane Smith takes us on a colourful adventure through the natural world, following a child as he weaves through the jungle, dives under the ocean and soars into the sky. Along the way he makes friends and causes mischief with a dazzling array of creatures both large and small - but can he find a tribe of his own? Full of warmth and humour, There Is a Tribe of Kids is a sumptuously detailed portrayal of wild childhood to be pored over for hours on end.

A witty and playful exploration of curiosity, discovery and what it means to belong, ideal for sharing with children of all ages. With a beautiful jacket glinting with gold foil, this gorgeous book makes the perfect gift for any occasion.


“A kaleidoscopic look at nature imbued with a playful love of language that young readers can’t fail to embrace… Smith knows how to tell a story kids will love.” Booklist

“Witty and humorous, never irreverent, this is a celebration of sharing and belonging, as a multiracial family hugs their adventurer on the closing page. Smith soars in this earnest, meditative work about longing, the joy of interaction, and family. Absolutely radiant.” Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Lane Smith has written and illustrated a number of novels and picture books for children, including the two Caldecott Honor titles, Grandpa Green and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Stories. He was a 2014 recipient of a Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award and was named an Honor Artist by the Eric Carle Museum. He lives with his wife, book designer Molly Leach, in rural Connecticut, USA. Find Lane online at

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

12th May 2016




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