The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Franklin spots clouds, which stops him from feeling so lonely. Then one day Scruffy Dog joins him. Franklin doesn’t like sharing his clouds, so he sends Scruffy away. But without Scruffy, he is lonely again, so he finds her, and they spot clouds together. This tender story, with delicately coloured illustrations, poignantly charts a boy’s progress from loneliness to friendship. (Ages 3–6)
~ Andrea Rayner


The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin

His real name was Franklin. But everyone called him The Cloudspotter ...Have you ever looked up at the sky to see a whole new world developing in the clouds? You have? Then you'll love this book about Franklin. There isn't a single cloud that Franklin can't spot - big ones, small ones, silly ones, sneaky pretend-they-can't-see-you ones. But when Scruffy Dog comes along, things begin to change for Franklin. How can he concentrate on cloudspotting when Scruffy is such a distraction? And what's more important - his hobby or his friend? A beautifully realised picture book, celebrating the power of the imagination and the importance of friendship, from the creator of The Story Machine.


A winner of a book about the power of drawing and storytelling Praise for The Story Machine, Oliver Jeffers A charming, rewarding, instructive read Praise for The Story Machine, Financial Times

About the Author

Tom McLaughlin

Tom McLaughlin studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art, and then before becoming a writer and illustrator he spent 9 years working as political cartoonist for The Western Morning News thinking up silly jokes about even sillier politicians. Then, in 2004 Tom took the plunge into illustrating and writing his own books. He became a freelance illustrator in 2006, and also directed a short animated film, The Girl with the Pink Shoes. He has created a number of animated TV concepts, and worked with an animation studio. He has now branched out into children’s books and The Diabolical Mr Tiddles was the first book he has both illustrated and written the story for. Tom has just published his next book, The Accidental Prime Minister for OUP.

Tom lives in Devon with his wife, two sons and a scruffy cat. His hobbies include drinking tea, looking out of the window, and biscuits. His hates include spiders, running out of biscuits, and writing biographies.

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32 pages


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Publication date

11th February 2016



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