Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763641818, 384pp.
Publication Date: March 24, 2009
Toby Lolness may be just one and a half millimeters tall, but he's the most wanted person in his world the world of the great oak Tree. Toby's father has made a groundbreaking discovery: the Tree itself is alive, lowing with vital energy, and there may even be a world beyond it. Greedy developers itch to exploit this forbidden knowledge, risking permanent damage to their natural world. But Toby's father has refused to reveal his findings, causing the family to be exiled to the lower branches. Only Toby has managed to escape but for how long? And how can he bear to leave his parents to their terrible fate?
Born in 1957 in Ezanville, France, Francois Place published his first illustrations for children's books in 1983. The award-winning Last Giants (Godine, 1992) confirmed his talents as a writer and illustrator, and A Voyage of Discovery (2001) won the Grand Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. His most recent book with Godine is the acclaimed Old Man Mad About Drawing (2004).
Sarah Ardizzone has won several awards for her translation work, including the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation for Toby Alone by Timothee de Fombelle and for Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac.
"An adventurous fable stars a minuscule hero facing massive ordeals. . . .
Witty, original, and devastatingly entertaining." — Kirkus Reviews - Starred review