on Jan 30, 2014


By Danny Parker
Illustrated by Matt Ottley

"Toby always wore a was most useful"

It is the first thing he puts on each morning. It helps him deal with all kinds of tricky situations, such as getting out of bed, sliding off a chair, and riding his bike.

But sometimes someone else's trouble can be greater than your own, and this is what Toby discovers one day.

This powerful and fantastical story about a fearful child finding his independence is from the author and illustrator of Tree: A little story about big things.

This story is really a celebration of seeing my own kids start to find their feet. Watching as they first hold on tight to their comfort blankets - and then slowly gain the confidence to take on more and more complicated situations. I love that such simple writing can communicate such a complicated thing.