Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 Award-winning Emily Gravett’s stunning picture book is a charming, witty and moral tale about the perils of making the world look too spick and span. Deep in the forest lives a badger called Pete with a mania for tidying up. Pete’s tidies up the leaves as they fall from the trees, then he tidies up the trees themselves. When that causes a flood he sets too to deal with the mud. Tidying up mud leads to putting down concrete. But then, how can Pete ever get back into his own home? Pete realises he must put everything back! Emily Gravett’s woodland folk are delightful and the world of nature that she creates for them to live in is incredibly appealing. Good lessons will be learnt from Tidy! ~ Julia Eccleshare
Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for April 2016
Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley
Tidy by Emily Gravett
Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer by Alexander McCall Smith
Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis
There's a Moose on the Loose by Lucy Feather
Nature's Day: Out and About by Kay Maguire
From the creator of Meerkat Mail and Dogs, comes a very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy.
Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates quickly and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right? Lush foliage and delightfully funny characters abound in this dramatic tale of overzealous neatness that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour.
The freshness and vibrancy of the illustrations, the endearing charm of the animal characters, and the many deft comic details throughout make this a very special book.
Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
One of our most inventive and surprise-full creators of picture books – Michael Rosen
She has the intuitive grasp of timing, expression and anticipation which marks out the exceptional from the mediocre – Sunday Telegraph
If Gravett isn't the best in the business, it's hard to know who is – Independent
The message is admirable and the cut-out cover enticing, but the greatest joy is in the comic expressions, hand-wrought images and witty detail. Sunday Times
If you haven't discovered the brilliant wit and inventiveness of award- winning Emily Gravett yet, then this superbly illustrated rhyming adventure is a great place to start... Gravett's familiar minor cast of bemused bunnies and dishevelled foxes pop up throughout and the pictures are packed with comic detail. Superb. Daily Mail
This beautiful book, illustrated in warm tones, is full of expressive, characterful animals and tells a charming story. Emily Gravett's place in the world of children's books is already established but in Tidy she excels herself and will delight new audiences. -- Jane Sandell The Scotsman
Funny, rhyming woodland story with an environmental message The Bookseller
Another sure-fire hit Huffington Post
Can you think of a better way to show children the virtues of the forests and the dangers of losing them? I can't! The Book Bag
A quirky rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy Irish Independent
a jolly introduction to taking care of the environment that's filled with humour and charm WRD
Publication date: 23/03/2017
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||7th April 2016|
|Publisher:||Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers, 5+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners, Reviewed by Children, UKLA 2017|
One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors. Emily Gravett has a rare talent indeed for creating exceptional books for children. The winner of two Kate Greenaway Awards, her skill and wit are second to none as she pushes the boundaries and wrings maximum fun and detail from every page. Emily first sprang into the limelight with the ground-breaking Wolves, in 2005, which has been followed by such brilliant modern classics as Meerkat Mail, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, Monkey and Me and The Odd Egg and the fabulous Bear and Hare series for ...More About Emily Gravett