Shhh! by Jeanne Willis


Written by Jeanne Willis
Illustrated by Tony Ross

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The little shrew has a very big message but a very small voice. He wants to make a plea for peace but he just cannot get his voice heard above all the other noises in the world. Luckily, he never gives up and little by little he begins to make some headway. A warm story with a wise and important point to make.


Shhh! by Jeanne Willis

A little shrew had wonderful news! He wanted to tell the whole world, but it was too noisy. 'I know the secret of Peace on Earth!' he said. Nobody heard him. Everyone was much too busy doing their own thing. He wanted to say that if everyone in the whole world just sat still for a moment and listened, there would be Peace on Earth.


Tony Ross's artwork is among the most sophisticated on offer to children, its brilliance often linked to its brevity... Delightful and wise. Guardian This is a book to shout (quietly) about. Booktrusted News Cleverly manoeuvred and worth a look. Nursery World This is a book that can be enjoyed over and over again. 5to7 Educator I wish there were more books like this Books for Keeps

About the Author

Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer. Jeanne Willis is one of the most successful children’s picture book authors in the UK. Jeanne Willis wrote her first book aged five and has now written over eighty titles. She has won numerous awards, including the Children's Book Award, the Silver Smarties Prize and has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. She has written Who’s in the Loo? which won the Red House Children’s Book Award. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (nonfiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

Photo credit: Justine Stoddart

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Publication date

5th August 2004




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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