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The Little Thing

Written by Nick Cave

Illustrated by Nick Cave

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The Little Thing Review

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The Little Thing is a book about identity and belonging which will introduce its very young readers to perhaps the biggest question that we can all ask of ourselves - What am I?

December 2021 Debut of the Month

Anyone familiar with the works of the book’s author Nick Cave will know this question is one explored extensively in his song-writing, mostly through characters responding to some form of turmoil. In The Little Thing this is also the case as we follow a tiny being who is frustrated and even distressed by the process of trying to understand what it is. Cave’s drawings are simple and vibrant alongside dialogue from those trying to help on this journey of self-discovery. In the end what is discovered is that it’s OK to simply accept yourself for what you are, even if exactly what that is remains a mystery! What is more important is who you are, how that feels, and what a wonderful thing it is to find kindred spirits and simply be. This is a lovely and intelligent book to share with your own little things that is sure to reassure, spark discussion and encourage acceptance and inclusion, written by a man who wouldn’t know how it felt to ‘fit in’.


The Little Thing will be available exclusively via Cave Things, Nick Cave’s online shop :


Greg Hackett

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Nick Cave on The Little Thing:  'The Little Thing' is a story I wrote for my three-year-old neighbour, Esme. I drew the pictures too, in case you're wondering. It is the tale of a little thing that goes on an epic adventure to discover the true nature of its identity. "What am I?” asks The Little Thing.  Along the way, it meets a cast of diverse characters—including a tomato, a toilet roll, a showerhead, a cupcake, and a corn on the cob, that guide The Little Thing toward its final joyous realisation. 

The Little Thing Synopsis

Written and illustrated by legendary music artist and writer Nick Cave for his young neighbour, The Little Thing poses a huge question to its young readers – “what am I?”, and celebrates curiosity, friendship, self-acceptance and self-celebration.

The Little Thing will be available exclusively via Cave Things, Nick Cave’s online shop :

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ISBN: 0000000000011
Publication date: 15/11/2021
Publisher: Cave Things
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 0000000000011
Publication date: 15th November 2021
Author: Nick Cave
Illustrator: Nick Cave
Publisher: Cave Things
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Gift Books, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month
Collections: Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021,

About Nick Cave

Nick Cave has been performing music for more than forty years and is best known as the songwriter and lead singer of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, whose latest album Ghosteen was widely received as their best work ever. Cave's body of work also covers a wider range of media and modes of expression including film score composition and writing of novels. His recent Conversations events and Red Hand Files website have seen Cave exploring deeper and more direct relationships with his fans. Nick Cave on Cave Things: I am essentially a songwriter. Yet, people who understand my stuff ...

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