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Out of Nowhere

Written by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Illustrated by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Books for Babies and Toddlers Books of the Month Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers

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A touching story about friends and how true friendship can last and grow

January 2021 Book of the Month | Selected for The Book Box by LoveReading4Kids

Chris Naylor-Ballesteros has followed up his acclaimed picture book, The Suitcase, with an equally mesmeric tale of friendship, and how true friendship adapts and grows throughout our lives.

Through stunning but simple illustrations, and a minimal palette, we meet the beetle and the caterpillar; the friends eat, watch the moon rise and share time together until one morning beetle awakes and there is no sign of the caterpillar.

After a while of waiting the beetle goes in search of his friend...he thought he saw her from a distance but as he grew closer realised it wasn’t her and now he feels lost. But, the joy!, his friend came looking for him! Whilst the beetle had been searching, the caterpillar had turned into a butterfly!  A moving, gentle tale of acceptance and how friendship grows through ages and changes.

You can find more books with this theme in our Collection of Brilliant Books about Friendship



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The Editor at Nosy Crow says:   “This story has just the right combination of warmth, wit and wonder to become an instant classic. Everyone can relate to the experience of missing a friend and, with Chris Naylor Ballesteros’s simple yet striking artwork and a brave beetle protagonist, this story is irresistible.”

Every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free Stories Aloud audio recording. Just scan the QR code and listen along!

Out of Nowhere Synopsis

Beetle and Caterpillar are best friends. Every day, they sit together on a big rock, sharing a picnic and looking out over the forest. But one day, Caterpillar goes missing and, try as he might, Beetle cannot find her. Just as he is about to give up hope, a very friendly (and rather familiar) butterfly appears out of nowhere. Can it be his friend? She might look different but she is still just the same and they are together again, at last.

A heartwarming story from bestselling author, Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, shortlisted for Oscar's Prize 2020 and The Kate Greenaway Award 2020.

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ISBN: 9781788008396
Publication date: 14/01/2021
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788008396
Publication date: 14th January 2021
Author: Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
Illustrator: Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Collections: 2021 Preview - Mega Books on the Horizon, 85 Brilliant Books about Friendships,

About Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is originally from Bradford and studied illustration and graphic design at Bradford College of Art. In 2000 he moved to France where, amongst other things, he was an English teacher before working in newspaper layout and design. When his children were small he realised he loved the picture books he read to them, sometimes even more than his children did - the Picture Book Bug had truly bitten. Chris has since written and illustrated several books and is currently thinking about the next one, probably with a cuppa in hand at home near Limoges. He likes listening to ...

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