The Thing at 52

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$18.99  $17.66
Frances Lincoln Ltd
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9.6 X 11.67 X 0.45 inches | 1.03 pounds

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About the Author

Ross Montgomery has worked as a pig farmer, a postman and an elementary school teacher, so obviously writing books was the next logical step. He spent his childhood reading everything he could get his hands on, from Jacqueline Wilson to Beano annuals, and it taught him pretty much everything that's worth knowing. If you looked through his pockets you'd find empty potato chip packets, lists of things to do, and a bottle of that stuff you put on your nails to stop you biting them. He lives in London with his girlfriend, a cat called Fun Bobby, and a cactus on every available surface.

Richard Johnson is an illustrator whose picture books have been published by Penguin, Faber & Faber, Macmillan, DK, and many others. His work is deeply thoughtful and conjures up powerful atmospheres with detailed, delicate pencil strokes.

"Powerfully atmospheric and bursting with soft colour, Richard Johnson's pencil illustrations create a world that shines with emotion."--Books for Keeps
a "sensitive portrayal of an unlikely friendship."--Publishers Weekly
'A gentle picture book in soft focus and glowing colours about a child who befriends and loses a lonely creature in her neighbourhood. A compassionate and inspiring story.'--The Sunday Times
"a truly beautiful book that will cause many an insightful conversation between a young child and their parent, or teacher, when read together."--The Independent Children's Book of the Week
"A young girl befriends a monster in this poignant exploration of loneliness which is stunningly illustrated by Richard Johnson."--The Bookseller
"What a wonderful way to introduce the concept of loss, memories and new beginnings to children."--Grief Encounter
"a beautiful story about loneliness, loss and then moving on." --Marmalade Trust
"Each page is stunningly illustrated and so pleasing to the eye, which everyone will enjoy."--The Herald
"Heartwarming and insightful."--The Sunday Post