A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon

A Place to Call Home

Written by Alexis Deacon
Illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

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Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011.

This award-winning author and illustrator pair have created a brilliant book celebrating the bravery of leaving home. When their tiny hole of a home becomes too small for them, seven furry brothers set out on a great adventure. Boldly, they step into the outside world… It is full of all kinds of dangers – a huge lake, a mountain, the edge of the world and a terrifying monster. Sticking closely together and bolstering each other’s morale, the brothers overcome all difficulties and find a new place of their own. The pictures tell a rather different story of the adventure! Young readers will love the joke and can have their own way of telling what happened.


A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon

This is an endearing adventure story about finding a place to call home. This is the story of a band of seven furry brothers. They live in a nice, safe, warm home - a very small hole. Yet as they grow up they become too big for the tiny space and are forced out into the world. And so their adventure begins - a quest for a new place to call their own! This determined little unit tackle the elements: crossing the sea, climbing a mountain, trawling across the desert and surviving a labyrinth until, finally, they reach the edge of the world...What will they see here and will they ever find a place they can call home? This title features artwork that uses an inspiring blend of both illustration and photography.


'This endearing and engaging picture book about growing up is told with gentle humour and illustrated by Best New Illustrator Viviane Schwarz's blend of painting and photography.' - Booktrust

About the Author

Alexis Deacon

Alexis Deacon graduated in 2001 from the University of Brighton, where he studied Illustration, Alexis Deacon's first picture book Slow Loris (2002) was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. His second Beegu (2003) was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. In 2008, he was chosen as one of the ten Best New Illustrators as part of the Booktrust's Big Picture Campaign. He lives in South East London.

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Publication date

2nd May 2011




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