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Tell Tail

Ck Smouha, Katie Brosnan (Illustrator)


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'I highly recommend this book'. -- Storywraps

'Distinctive illustrations accompany this thought-provoking tale about the importance of self-expression.'-- BookTrust

'Bright, bold and colourful illustrations run throughout, alongside this thoughtful exploration of feelings and expression.' -- What I Read

'A delightful and brilliant story of being proud to express who you are CK Smouha and Katie Brosnan are the ultimate dream team.'-- My Shelves Are Full

An allegorical tale about the importance of self-expression.

Dex is a dog with an unruly tail. All the other members of Dex's family are tough as nails, but Dex is cut from a different cloth. He likes to chat and play, and when he does, his tail wags wildly. When he's sad, his tail tucks under. Everyone can see exactly how he's feeling. The rest of Dex's family find it very embarrassing, so Dex tries to rein his tail in - to no avail.

One day at the park, Dex is doing his best to control his tail when a big red dog called Bailey bounds up to him. Bailey has the waggiest, most ridiculous tail Dex has ever seen. They have a marvellous time playing, until Dex catches sight of his dad's disapproving face.

Dex runs and runs and runs, until he stops caring - about his tail - about anything. When Dad finds him, his tail is completely still. It doesn't wag, it doesn't tuck under. It's just there. After a couple weeks, Dad starts to feel uncomfortable. What could be wrong with Dex? With a little bit of help from Bailey, Dex and Dad go on a journey to rediscover the joys of self expression.

Cicada Books, 9781908714862, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 20, 2021

About the Author

Katie Brosnan is a graduate of the Cambridge MA in children's book illustration. She is the author of Keith Amongst the Pigeons (Child's Play) and Gut Garden (Cicada).C K Smouha is the author of Born Bad, Sock Story and Iced Out (Cicada).