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What makes a home and a family? A beautiful, funny picture book from Colin Thompson
 
Most people don't like being different. They want exactly the same things as their neighbors, only bigger, and more of them. Yet no matter how much they have, they always feel there is something missing. The Smiths are not like other people. They might not be any good at cooking, or housework, or homework, but in their jumbled house full of strange ...
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Overview


What makes a home and a family? A beautiful, funny picture book from Colin Thompson
 
Most people don't like being different. They want exactly the same things as their neighbors, only bigger, and more of them. Yet no matter how much they have, they always feel there is something missing. The Smiths are not like other people. They might not be any good at cooking, or housework, or homework, but in their jumbled house full of strange things that will probably be useful one day, they are happy and content. Yet the Smiths, too, feel that there is something missing from their lives. And today the children went down to the shops and found it.
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School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—The Smith house is filled with useful things collected by the family members. At least, they are sure they will be useful someday. Siblings Peter and Sally always carry home the interesting things they find, and one day come with-a Granny. After all, Peter told his dad, "You never know when something might come in handy." Granny changes the Smiths' lives with her gifts of baking and gardening; she makes herself at home, teaching Peter how to do his multiplication tables or putting up shelving. In short, Granny makes the Smith family complete (they have all they need "except for a Grandad"). Pen-and-ink figures meld with digital and photographic images while stripes, flowers, and muted patterns accompany Impressionistic art on walls (or tubs) in whimsical scenes of the family at home. A solitary black bird dominates a Poe-inspired nighttime conversation in bed as Mr. and Mrs. Smith discuss Granny's future; before and after images record a 15-layer chocolate cake being demolished. The characters are treated with loving detail from Dad's button-free cuffs to Mom's spiked hair and ever-changing nail polish, but it's Granny who literally lights up the family. This is a zany and humorous look at families.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741663198
  • Publisher: Random House Australia
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,137,463
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Thompson has received several awards, including an Aurealis Award for the novel How to Live Forever and the CBC Picture Book of the Year for The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley. He is also the author of The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness, The Dragons series, and The Floods series. He has been short-listed for many other awards, including the Astrid Lindgren Award—the most prestigious children's literature prize in the world.

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