Little Hotchpotch by Brian Patten


Little Hotchpotch by Brian Patten

This title is for the age-range of 3+. 'One day, a shy little creature looked at its reflection in a frozen pond. All it could see were its eyes. They were as big and bright as the moon'. But the little creature doesn't know who it is! And so starts an odyssey of a quest, from snowy icebergs to the dry savannah, from the polar bear to the little harvest mouse, as the little creature asks, 'Who am I?' But nobody knows - until the wise old owl is asked; he knows the answer, and the clue is in the title! This is a beautifully lyrical text from acclaimed poet Brian Patten is combined here with illustrations from best-loved animal artist Michael Terry.


'Who am I?'

.... until a wise old friend provides the answer. Young children love repetition and will enjoy shouting aloud the name of each animal as the creature pursues his quest, whilst older children will find their reading skills stretched. The illustrations are beautiful and with touches of gentle humour - a polar bear with red cheeks as he shelters under a palm tree from the hot sun is one to look out for - and attention to detail is coupled with a talent for using colour boldly to enhance the charming story perfectly. A lovely book that deserves to find a place on every little person's bookshelf. (Kirkus UK)

About the Author

Brian Patten

Brian Patten was born in Liverpool in 1946. His poetry for adults has been published in many languages and his collections include ‘Love Poems’, ‘Storm Damage’, and ‘Grinning Jack’. His work for children includes the poetry collections ‘Gargling with Jelly’ and ‘Thawing Frozen Frogs’ as well as plays and the award-winning novel ‘Mr Moon’s Last Case’.

More books by this author

Other Formats

Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: 3+


Brian Patten
More books by Brian Patten

Author's Website


Publication date

19th February 2001



We love Lovereading as my 5 year old loves to read new books before anyone else has a chance, she says it makes reading exciting!

Tracey Chorley

Writing reviews help the children with their literacy skills and we always read the books together which gives us good quality family time!

Cat Bisland (on behalf of the Bi

It is fantastic, you get to read lots of books and you always find something new and amazing in them.

Erica Motoc, age 7

I love Lovereading as it provides an honest opinion and showcases a range of fiction. Suited to both parents & kids alike, it’s a must-use.

Georgie Rowe – age 16

Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

I love all the books they recommend & put up for me to review. I also love the fact that they give new authors the chance to share their boo

Daisy Pennock – age 15

It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.

Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk

I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!

Jessica Cobbin – age 7

Lovereading 4 schools