Small in the City

By Sydney Smith

I know what it's like to be small in the city...

Being small can be overwhelming in a city. People don't see you. The loud sounds of the sirens and cyclists can be scary. And the streets are so busy it can make your brain feel like there's too much stuff in it. But if you know where to find good hiding places, warm dryer vents that blow out hot steam that smells like summer, music to listen to or friends to say hi to, there can be comfort in the city, too. We follow our little protagonist, who knows all about what it's like to be small in the city, as he gives his best advice for surviving there. As we turn the pages, Sydney Smith's masterful storytelling allows us to glimpse exactly who this advice is for, leading us to a powerful, heart-rending realization...

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 4+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406392982
  • Published: 03 Sep 2020
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 315 x 200 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'It’s a masterpiece of thick, blurry lines and drifting snow, framing a child’s solitary yet celebratory experience of urban life.' BookTrust

'As with all the best picture books, the real story begins on the final page.' The Times, Best Books of the Year 2019

'A stunning piece of work; thank you Sydney Smith.' The School Librarian

'Looking for something a little different for an imaginative child who likes art? Look no further.' The Irish Independent, Children’s Books of the Year

'Featured in The Bookseller's September Previews.' The Bookseller

'The Canadian writer-illustrator taps into the mind of a child who has lost her cat in this heart-stopping book. It’s a sophisticated statement for a child; she knows true love is not possessive.' The Times (Saturday Review)

'Smith’s beautifully simple words combine perfectly with vivid illustrations of the awesome and sometimes frightening sights and structures of the city. This book offers a wonderfully fresh child’s eye view of the urban landscape.' Children’s Books Ireland

'This exceptional picture book about a little child in a big city … As with all the best picture books, the real story starts on the final page.' The Times

'As you turn the pages, Sydney Smith’s masterful storytelling allows you to glimpse exactly who this advice is for, leading to a powerful, heartrending realisation...' Primary Times

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