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Emily Brown and the Thing

Written by Cressida Cowell

Illustrated by Neal Layton

Part of the Emily Brown Series

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LoveReading View on Emily Brown and the Thing

Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit were an instant hit with children and parents everywhere when they burst onto the scene and won the 2006 Nestle prize. The book was called That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown. Here is their second adventure is reissued in paperback and once again they save the day by making someone happy.

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Emily Brown and the Thing Synopsis

A stunning reissue of this classic picture book. In this warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme - being scared of the dark - Emily and Stanley find a 'Thing' crying outside their window. They embark on a series of adventures to find everything he needs for a good night's sleep ...but nothing seems to work. What is troubling the Thing, and why can't he get to sleep? Parents and children the world over will recognise all the bizarre excuses a child can make to keep the light on and a parent in the room at bedtime, and this story shows how important it is to talk to children, and find out what is really going on in the complex depths of a child's imagination.

Emily Brown and the Thing Press Reviews

A fantastic tale. North West Evening Mail

Imaginative, funky Daily Mail

Rascally bedtime fare Booklist Online

The illustrations are often dark and complex but they are entirely appropriate to the story School Librarian

Cowell's narrative is both deeply rooted in the conventions of folk tale...and yet refreshingly contemporary and colloquial in tone. Such layers of richness are confidently matched by Layton's brilliantly anarchic illustrations...Emily Brown and Stanley are most appealing characters and, like Sendak's Max, more than a match for wild Things Books for Keeps

A warm-hearted and witty take on the classic theme of being scared of the dark Family Interest Magazine

A simple story, imaginatively reflected in wildly wonderful artwork, that will delight both old and young readers Carousel

This is a wonderful story about a small girl dealing with a very high maintenance monster called the Thing. It's funny, it's got twists and turns and shows us, among other things, that we can spend far too much time nurturing our fears rather than trying to conquer them The Guardian

A warm-hearted and witty take on being scared of the dark Guernsey Press & Star

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ISBN: 9781444923407
Publication date: 05/03/2015
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846166945
Publication date: 04/09/2008
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846166938
Publication date: 18/10/2007
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444923407
Publication date: 5th March 2015
Author: Cressida Cowell
Illustrator: Neal Layton
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers

About Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell, Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2019–2021 Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. The name of the island is a secret, but it was such a small island it wasn’t really big enough to have a name at all. There were no roads or shops or electricity on the island, just one house and a storm-blown wilderness of sea-birds and heather. Every year, Cressida’s family spent four weeks of the summer, and two weeks of the spring, on the island. The family had ...

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