By David Almond

Illustrated by Lizzy Stewart

From Hans Christian Andersen Medal-winning author David Almond comes a heartwarming story that shows anything is possible with imagination and trust.

What should a puppet master do when he’s old and alone, and all his puppets are gone? Sylvester makes one last puppet. But this one is different. When the old man speaks to him, Puppet speaks back. And then he walks… While Sylvester shows Puppet the town, the playground and the wonders the world holds, Puppet in turn helps Sylvester to make a new friend, and share his puppet-making skills with the next generation in this wonder-filled story of creation and the circle of life. Illustrated with sequences of wordless spreads by award-winning artist Lizzy Stewart, this is a modern-day classic.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 8+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406391619
  • Published: 04 Apr 2024
  • Price: £10.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 240

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Customer reviews


'A magical, rittly-rattly tale… A gentler story that avoids whittling into the darker themes of Pinocchio to stay closer in tone to Pixar’s Up. But thanks to Almond’s idiosyncratic style it has the same creeping sense of a life hanging in the balance that makes Skellig such an electrifying read 26 years on… Lizzy Stewart’s drawings are pitch-perfect, giving the story the feeling of having been as lovingly handcrafted as Silvester’s green-eyed lad.' Children's Book of the Week, The Times

'Inspired by Pinocchio, David Almond has created another timeless classic… It’s tender, very moving and the delicate black-and-white drawings reflect the joy and sadness at the beginning and end of lives.' Daily Mail

'Fans of Hans Christian Andersen Medal-winning author David Almond will fall in love with this beautiful, poignant story about creativity, playfulness and community.' The Bookseller

'This book really pulled at my heartstrings.' NetGalley Reviewer

'This is a tale about love- for one another; love -for the pleasure doing something you enjoy; love - for sharing enthusiasm and knowledge. This is a perfect longer read for 7-10 year olds - a gentle plot with depth.' NetGalley Reviewer

'A familiar tale told in an exquisite manner, with adorable artwork from Lizzie Stewart. Filled with wonder and delight.' NetGalley Reviewer

'With his wondrous tale of creativity, playfulness and the circle of life, David Almond shows that with trust, love and the power of the imagination, anything is possible. Share it with a class: the children will be swept away by the magic of the telling, as will individual readers.' Red Reading Hub

'Oh my! What a book! I smiled in happiness, I cried tears of grief and sadness but, my goodness, did I live in the moment of this book… What a heart-warming, wonderful story this one is. It’s filled with love, hope and optimism as well as a sprinkle of magic that all the best books have. It’s chock-full of creative genius and wonder but also gently explains the circle of life and the emotions that come with this. I absolutely adored it. The black and white illustrations throughout the pages of the story really bring this work of artistic genius to life. Do find yourself a copy of this book, you won’t regret it.”' Mini Travellers Blog

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