Greenling by Levi Pinfold

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Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award


Greenling by Levi Pinfold

Mr Barleycorn picks a green baby growing on his land, letting loose the incredible power of nature. When melons grow in the kitchen and apples sprout out of their television, Mrs Barleycorn says the Greenling has to go. But the bounty and beauty of nature has a strange power - the power to bring a whole community together.


The gaps in the text encourage speculation and imagination. An ecological fable with themes around prejudice and fear of the unknown. The stunning illustrations have a sense of the surreal and invite exploration and discussion. The gaunt figures of the Barleycorns call to mind Grant Wood's painting 'American Gothic'. -- Ann Lazim CLPE

About the Author

Levi Pinfold

Winner of the Bronze Plaque Biennale for Illustration in Bratislava 2015.

Levi Pinfold graduated from University Collge Falmouth in 2006. He is currently a Freelance Author and Illustrator working in Bristol. He was chosen one of the Booktrust Best New Illlustrators of 2011.

On his win at the BIB 2015 the judges said 'Magic realist and enigmatic story telling full of detail, persuades the reader to revisit each page. Pinfold creates an eerie and enigmatic tale in a setting reminiscent of the outback of the ‘New-Worlds’ in the first half of the twentieth century.'

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32 pages


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Templar Publishing

Publication date

1st March 2016




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