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Stuck Inside

Written by Sally Anne Garland

Illustrated by Sally Anne Garland

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Pets Stories about Animals Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

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Indoor adventuring when you can’t leave the house

Stuck inside and feeling blue with nothing do to? No problem! With a dash of imagination, everyone’s home and outdoor objects can be transformed into the stuff of adventures, as toddler Tilly and puppy Toby discover in this charismatic picture book that wears its message on its sleeve - “all the fun of outside was already inside their minds”. 


With Toby confined to the house on account of his poorly paw, and Tilly stuck inside due to a brewing storm, both of them are feeling pretty despondent. Toby paces back and forth by the door while Tilly gazes sadly outside at the “dark, gathering clouds,” until Toby brings her his lead and she’s struck by inspiration. Together they explore every nook and cranny of their house for “all their outdoor belongings,” discovering lots of toys they’d long forgotten about, from roller skates and balls, to bicycles and an old paddling pool. These objects are quickly transformed into the “most amazing, astounding, and spectacular Dog-Walking, Storm-Protecting Machine,” no less!


I loved the retro soft-but-scratchy illustrative style that put me in mind of the original 1970s Topsy and Tim books, and the book’s message of having adventures at home has resonance beyond its current COVID-19 relevance - it’s a perennial theme, here delivered through an upfront story with enduring visual charm.

Joanne Owen

Stuck Inside Synopsis

What do you do when you're stuck inside and all the fun is outside? Tilly has to stay in until a big storm passes by. Her pup Toby has to stay in until his sore paw gets better. And there is absolutely, positively nothing fun to do. Then a hopeful Toby brings Tilly his leash, and Tilly gets an idea! With delightful illustrations, this sweet story of exploration, creativity, and seeing old things in a new light will spark the imagination of any child who feels "stuck."

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ISBN: 9781503758667
Publication date: 06/05/2021
Publisher: Phoenix International, Inc
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781503758667
Publication date: 6th May 2021
Author: Sally Anne Garland
Illustrator: Sally Anne Garland
Publisher: Phoenix International, Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Pets, Animals, Personal Social Health Economic

About Sally Anne Garland

Sally Anne Garland grew up in a small town called Alness in the Highlands of Scotland. According to her parents, her first really good drawing, at the age of four, was a large mural in crayon on the sitting-room wall. She went on to study Illustration and Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art before settling in Glasgow, where she lives with her partner and their son. Stuck Inside was inspired by her interest in the small world children inhabit, the way the simplest things can be so new and exciting, and how the best fun often begins when children ...

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