The Little Grey Men by B.B

The Little Grey Men

Written by B.B
Illustrated by Denys Watkins-Pitchford

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This timeless tale introduces readers to Dodder, Baldmoney, Cloudberry, and Sneezewort ... the last four gnomes in Britain. The brothers live a happy and peaceful life until the day that Cloudberry decides to go and explore. When he doesn't return the remaining three brothers build a boat and set off on an adventure of their own to find him.


The Little Grey Men by B.B

The last four gnomes in Britain live on the banks of the bubbling Folly brook. They are perfectly happy with their quiet life, except, that is, for one ...Cloudberry. Restless and longing for adventure, Cloudberry sets off to follow his dream. But when he doesn't return, the remaining gnomes must set off on their own adventure to find him. This is the story of the brothers' epic journey in search of Cloudberry and is set against the background of the English countryside, beginning in spring, continuing through summer, and concluding in autumn, when the first frosts start to arrive. This enchanting tale was the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal and features the author's own beautiful illustrations throughout.

About the Author


To his lasting fame, BB wrote the greatest book about gnomes in the English language.

Its stature was recognised by the award of the Carnegie Medal in 1942 and it is the very best and the most well known of all his children’s books. It was probably inspired by his own childhood sighting of one of the little people in his bedroom. As ever, the book is full of BB’s superb scraperboard and colour illustrations. The exciting adventure captures the imagination using detailed descriptions of English fields, streams, and woodland which beguile the reader into thinking that under the root of any tree in the dappled shade beside a running brook there might well be a whole other world.

Denys Watkins-Pitchford (aka ‘BB’) 1905-1990

Young Denys, along with his twin brother, Roger, was raised in the Northamptonshire village of Lamport in a lovely Queen Anne-style mansion, one of the loveliest rectories in England. He was a sickly child and was educated at home. But there was compensation, for he had plenty of spare time to explore the surrounding countryside with gun, rod and butterfly net.

His childlike excitement and wonder never left him, and untinged by adult sentimentality distinguishes his books and pictures; enhanced as they are by a profound sense of history in general and a knowledge of wildlife based on sensual experience.

Although he was to become most famous as ‘BB’ the writer, the paintings and drawings that he did in his own name - ‘Denys Watkins-Pitchford’ were always the mainspring of his activity and style.

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256 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

2nd August 2012




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