All at Sea by Gerry Byrne
  

All at Sea

Written by Gerry Byrne
Illustrated by Faye Hanson

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The arrival of a new baby brother or sister can be very unsettling for children and All at Sea provides a gentle way to talk about those feelings. Liam is given a family of toy hippos as a present when his baby brother is born – a mummy, daddy, two little ones and a baby hippo. For three nights baby hippo is nowhere to be found at bedtime: he keeps getting lost, Liam explains. For three nights too, Liam is woken by bad dreams and only when he and his little brother have become friends does he sleep peacefully. It’s a quiet story but full of incident and humour. Families will recognise themselves in Faye Hanson’s lovely illustrations, and the reassuring warmth of family life depicted. ~ Andrea Reece

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All at Sea by Gerry Byrne

The perfect picture book for any anxious young child waiting for their new brother or sister to arrive. When Liam and Mary's mum and dad bring their new baby brother home from the hospital they also bring some presents: for Mary, some building blocks and for Liam, a family of hippos. But the baby hippo of the family keeps going missing. First he gets eaten by a crocodile, then trampled by an elephant until finally the littlest hippo gets stuck after taking a swim in the toilet. This is a warm, sensitive and reassuring book about the arrival of a new baby in the family, written by an expert in the field of child development.

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A warm, reassuring story exploring the arrival of a new baby, written by a child development expert. Stand-out art from Hanson [...] The Bookseller

About the Author

All at Sea is Gerry Byrne's first book for children. He is a ConsultantNurse and Child Psychotherapist and a highly-regarded expert in his field. He was a consultant on Silly Billy by Anthony Browne and has published on Anthony's work from a psychoanalytic perspective. He's a father of five and passionate about stories, Irish traditional music and writing. Gerry lives in Oxfordshire.Faye Hanson graduated from Cambridge School of Art in 2008. Since graduating she has worked for a huge range of companies, including Visa and her first picture book, The Wychwood Fairies, was published by Macmillan Children's Books in 2010. Her most recent picture book, The Wonder was nominated for the 2016 Kate Greenaway Medal. Faye lives in London.

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Format

Paperback
32 pages

Author

Gerry Byrne
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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

27th November 2017

ISBN

9781406323252

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