I Am Thomas

I Am Thomas

By Libby Gleeson; Armin Greder (Illustrator)

Allen & Unwin Australia, Hardcover, 9781742373331, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 2011

The author of"Mahtab's Story" and the author of "TheIsland "team up to bring young readers another powerfulsocial justice-relatedworkaninspiring, thought-provoking picture book about findingone's way in the world""You must do as you're told.""""""Let the army make you a man.""""""Your country needs your vote.""As the voices in his life crowd in on him, Thomas looks for another way, refusingto conform to the expectations and demands of family and community. A loner, Thomas refuses to feel lonely, an inspiring choice in this masterful tale of questioning authority and resisting oppression. Powerful illustrations and a spare text make a parable of Thomas's journey, which reflects the courage we all need to find our passion and be ourselves.

About the Author
Libby Gleeson has written more than twenty books for children, including WHERE'S MOM?, illustrated by Craig Smith, and THE GREAT BIG SCARY DOG and UNCLE DAVID, both illustrated by Armin Greder. Of CUDDLE TIME, she says her aim was to write an "intensely rhythmic text suited to the very young child." Inspiration came when she recalled "my own three girls, and the years they spent coming into our bed." Libby
Gleeson lives in Australia.

Julie Vivas has illustrated many books for children, including SLEEPY PENDOODLE by Malachy Doyle; POSSUM MAGIC and WILFRED GORDON MCDONALD PARTRIDGE by Mem Fox; and THE VERY BEST OF FRIENDS by Margaret Wild. Of this book she says, "Libby Gleeson's text drew me into the early morning game of a toddler and her baby brother." Julie Vivas lives in Australia.

Armin Greder is an art instructor and a former graphic designer. He is the award-winning illustrator of "Danny in the Toolbox, "An Ordinary Day," Princess and the Perfect Dish, "and "Uncle David,"

Praise For I Am Thomas

"A striking piece of literature."  —School Library Journal on Mahtab's Story

"A great choice for reading to a group or sharing one-on-one."  —School Library Journal starred review of Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House

"Compelling"  —Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast on the illustrations in I Am Thomas

"It's a young adult novel compressed into a picture book, beautifully and perceptively executed."  —Publishers Weekly