I Am Thomas

By Libby Gleeson; Armin Greder (Illustrator)
(Allen & Unwin Australia, Hardcover, 9781742373331, 32pp.)

Publication Date: October 2011

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The author of Mahtab's Story and the author of The Island team up to bring young readers another powerful social justice-related workan inspiring, thought-provoking picture book about finding one'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, refusing to 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,"
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