Seen and Not Heard

Written by Katie May Green

Illustrated by Katie May Green

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LoveReading View on Seen and Not Heard

October 2014 Debut of the Month   Children's imaginations will run wild after reading this delightfully spooky story. Katie May Green is a stunning new talent in the world of picture books. It is an evocative and magical book filled with free-spirited joy and unforgettable images.

Seen and Not Heard Synopsis

This is a truly original picture book full of atmosphere and magic that is perfect for children with wild imaginations and anarchic spirits! In a big old house, up creaky stairs, in a silent little nursery full of dolls and teddy bears, you'll find the children of Shiverhawk Hall. They're children in pictures on the wall - seen and not heard...So begins the story where we meet dainty little Lily Pinksweet, the Plumseys, clever Billy Fitzbillian, kind Percy and the De Villechild twins (who are perfect angels)...They all look so sweet and good, just like children should, but when night-time comes and there's no one to see, the children climb out from the quiet of their picture frames and they run riot and they run free!

Inspiration struck the author in a museum where she came across a portrait of four children, and began wondering what these stiffly-clad, sombre-looking little people were really like. Katie says, “My thoughts then became a little more abstract: what would it feel like to be trapped in a painting for four hundred years? Would there be any kind of release? Perhaps, with a little moonlight, a little magic . . .”

Seen and Not Heard Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of the younger members of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Ruby, age 5 and Nicola - 'We really enjoyed this book.  We loved the pictures – very atmospheric and we also enjoyed the rhyming text.'  Read full review >
  • Libby and Florence Bridgeman, age 7 and 4 - 'Seen and Not Heard is a lovely picture book that held the attention of both girls very well at bedtime. They found it funny and delightful!'  Read full review >
  • Robert Anderson, age 4 - 'A great laugh...Beautifully illustrated, a great picture book with a gentle sense of humour.'  Read full review >
  • Leoni, age 9 - 'This story was fun...I read this to my little sister who's only two and she liked it as well. We played finding the twin sisters on every page.' Read full review >

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406360998
Publication date: 01/10/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406346510
Publication date: 01/10/2014
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406346510
Publication date: 1st October 2014
Author: Katie May Green
Illustrator: Katie May Green
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Katie May Green

Katie May Green is a graduate from the Cambridge School of Art MA in Children's Book Illustration. She has created artwork for UK and US publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin and Oxford University Press. Seen and Not Heard is Katie's first picture book. She says, of the inspiration behind it, I remember standing in front of an Elizabethan portrait of three children, wondering what these stiffly-clad, sombre-looking little people were really like. Were they, in their time, so very different from children today? My thoughts then became a little more abstract: what would it feel like to be trapped in a ...

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