The Thing (Paperback)

By Simon Puttock, Daniel Egneus (Illustrator)

Egmont UK, 9781405283717, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2019

List Price: 9.99*
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One day, the Thing falls from the sky and four strangers stumble across it. They work together to take care of the Thing. But before long a media circus builds up around the creature, and the debate about the Thing spreads far around the world. What is the Thing? Who does it belong to? Is it any use for anything at all? This captivating picture book will be many things to many people: a story about thoughtfulness, an adventure in friendship, and an intriguing and gentle social commentary on the search for meaning in modern life.

About the Author

Simon Puttock has written more than 40 books for children and won the 2016 Scottish Children’s Book Award for Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School. Daniel Egneus has worked with Häagen-Dazs, Marie Claire, and Time Magazine. His books include Little Red Riding Hood and Hot Dog Cookbook, winner of the Prix Gourmand for Best Illustrated Cookbook in France. He has also illustrated Neil Gaiman's American Gods collection.

Praise For The Thing

"Enigmatic, charming and quite beautiful." —Sunday Times

"With not one pronoun or gender specific character in sight, we adore the conscious ambiguity of this tale." —Picture Books Blogger