Norton and Alpha by Kristyna Litten

Norton and Alpha

Written by Kristyna Litten
Illustrated by Kristyna Litten

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   Books of the Month   
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February 2017 Book of the Month A sweet, comical tale about little robots, Norton and Alpha will make children look at the world around them with new eyes. Norton lives in a desolate place surrounded by derelict factories and heaps of rusting machinery. He collects things that catch his eye – battered wheels, rusty cogs and broken springs, and out of these he creates Alpha, a little robot dog and companion to help with his collecting. Out together they discover something Norton has never seen before, which resists all his experiments. Children will recognise that the mysterious ‘It’ is a flower and be just as delighted as Norton and Alpha when it grows into a field of colourful ‘Its’. A story of friendship, ingenuity and the indomitable beauty of the natural world. ~ Andrea Reece


Norton and Alpha by Kristyna Litten

Norton the Robot is intrigued by his discovery of a lone flower one day and sets about trying to care for it, with amusing and ultimately poignant results. A new book from the acclaimed creator of Blue & Bertie, Kristyna Litten, about making friends, appreciating the wonder of nature, and seeing that sometimes there is more to life than it might seem.


Praise for Blue and Bertie:

‘Delightful illustrations accompany this lovely tale about acceptance and friendship.’ The Bookseller

‘The adventures of giraffes Blue and Bertie make a comforting, humorous story that explores themes of friendship, independence and embracing the unexpected.’ Andrea Reece for Lovereading4kids

‘It is so beautifully illustrated, and I loved the way the landscape changed once Blue came on board. The tropical feel is there from the very beginning and you can almost feel the sounds of nature coming off the page.’ The Bookbag

‘The theme of feeling different and finding a friend is predictable here, but kids will enjoy the colourful illustrations and laid-back delivery. A gentle story with a sweet message that doesn’t hit readers over the head.’ Kirkus Review

About the Author

Kristyna Litten

Kristyna Litten studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 2010. She learnt to design and create for a wide range of subject matter, often enjoying collaborations with graphic designers, costume designers and writers. She now lives in a beautiful village in Yorkshire where she is heavily reliant on the good old pencil and a great big cup of tea to keep her going, whilst habitually singing, whistling or twiddling her hair.

Her first picture books, Flint's Odd Socks followed by Chickens Can't See In The Dark, were higly commended for the Macmillan Prize two years running. She prefers to draw quickly with crayon to give an energetic line quality to her illustration, often adding colour or other hand-produced textures digitally. Her sophisticated colour palette, interest in patternr and hand drawn typography give Kristyna's work originality and strong identity.

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32 pages


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

9th February 2017




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