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Tidy

Written by Emily Gravett

Illustrated by Emily Gravett

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LoveReading View on Tidy

Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, April 2017
 | 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

Tidy Synopsis

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 - once you enter this forest, you'll never want to leave.

Emily Gravett's engaging woodland creatures will appeal to fans of such classics as The Animals of Farthing Wood and The Wind in the Willows and the rhythmic, rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud.

Tidy Reader Reviews

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.

  • George Haine, age 3 - 'It’s good and nice and beautiful... I like it.' 
  • James McNichol, age 6 - 'A wonderful story about a badger named Pete who is obsessed with tidying up.'
  • Joseph Cross, age 4 - 'Tidy made us laugh and made us think about our wonderful messy planet!'
  • Eloise Thomas, age 5 - 'Brilliant book about a lovely badger who gets it wrong! .  I thought that this book was brilliant!'
     

Tidy Press Reviews

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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781447273998
Publication date: 23/03/2017
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781447273998
Publication date: 07/04/2016
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447273998
Publication date: 23rd March 2017
Author: Emily Gravett
Illustrator: Emily Gravett
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, Reviewed by Children

About Emily Gravett

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 ...

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