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Along Came a Different

Written by Tom McLaughlin

Illustrated by Tom McLaughlin

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Along Came a Different Review

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2019

A fun way of looking at prejudice that quickly makes it clear that even if someone is different to you the two of you can still be friends. Here, the Reds, who are round and eat red apples, are happy to be red. And the Yellows, who are square and eat bananas, love being yellow. How can the two groups ever get to like each other? And then there are the Blues who wear blue bow ties and are shaped like triangles and love being blue. They are different again and no one likes them at all. The arguments between the groups get sillier and sillier as they squabble over everything and make a lot of daft rules. Will they ever get to like one another? Then A Different comes along. Where will he fit in?  Suddenly difference seems fine and what colour you are doesn’t seem to matter so much. Lots to think about as the expressive colour block characters work out how to live together.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for February 2019:

Lark by Anthony McGowan

Two Sides by Polly Ho-Hen

The Star-spun Web by Sinead O'Hart

Boom! Bang! Royal Meringue! by Sally Doran

Along Came A Different by Tom McLaughlin

The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson

Along Came a Different Synopsis

A very special picture book that supports the adage that there is more that unites us than divides us.

Reds love being red. Yellows love being yellow. And Blues love being blue. The problem is that they just don't like each other. But one day, along comes a different colour who likes Reds, Yellows and Blues, and suddenly everything starts to change. Maybe being different doesn't mean you can't be friends ...

Along Came a Different just goes to show how much better we can all be when we come together to find common ground as friends. Every bookshelf should have a copy.

Along Came a Different Press Reviews

Praise for Up, Up and Away;

Galactic resonances call to mind not only Oliver Jeffers' star-catching protagonists, but also a hint of The Little Prince - Guardian

With a spark of magic and touch of McLaughlin`s creative genius, this new and unfurling friendship can't help but fuel the reader's imagination - Picture Books Blogger

Oh the wit, oh, the wisdom, oh the beauty of Tom McLaughlin's whole phenomenal enterprise - Red Reading Hub

Praise for on The Storymachine;

A winner of a book about the power of drawing and storytelling - Oliver Jeffers

Praise for The Cloudspotter;

Tom McLaughlin's beautifully illustrated book is perfect for imaginative children - Guardian

Dyslexic readers should derive inspiration from this book's message, and delight in the drawings. A charming, rewarding, instructive read - Financial Times

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ISBN: 9781408888940
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408888940
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Tom McLaughlin
Illustrator: Tom McLaughlin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: First Concepts - Numbers, Letters, Colours, Shapes...,

About Tom McLaughlin

Tom McLaughlin has illustrated several books for Bloomsbury, including The Cloudspotter (as read by Tom Hardy on CBeebies Bedtime Stories) and The Story Machine, which has received wonderfully positive reviews and has sparked a number of thought-provoking articles on dyslexia (which Tom understands well, being dyslexic himself). Tom loves drinking tea, eating lunch and drawing (in no particular order). He lives in Devon. 

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