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There is a tribe of kids

There is a tribe of kids

Smith, Lane, author, artist

Did you ever want to waddle with a colony of penguins? Wriggle with an army of caterpillars? Or march with a troop of monkeys? Legendary illustrator Lane Smith takes us on a colourful adventure through the natural world, following a child as he weaves through the jungle, dives under the ocean, and soars into the sky. Along the way he makes friends and causes mischief with a dazzling array of creatures both large and small - but can he find a tribe of his own?

Book. English. Early Years. Picture Books. Children's stories.
Published London: Two Hoots, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Lane Smith
ISBN: 1509814000, 9781509814008
Intended audience: Preschool.
Note: Originally published: 2016.
Physical Description: 40 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 22 x 29 cm

Author note

Lane Smith is the creator of a shelf of books, including the New York Times bestselling It's a Book and its companion, It's a Little Book. The beautiful Caldecott Honor-winning Grandpa Green can also be found there alongside his brilliantly quirky collaborations with John Scieszka including The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. He has also illustrated Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach and collaborated on the conceptual design of the Disney movie adaptation. In 2012, the Eric Carle Museum named him a Carle Artist for "lifelong innovation in the field of children's picture books," and in 2014 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Illustrators. Lane Smith and his wife, the designer Molly Leach, live in a small town in rural Connecticut, USA.


Witty and humorous, never irreverent, this is a celebration of sharing and belonging, as a multiracial family hugs their adventurer on the closing page . . . Absolutely radiant.
Kirkus||One of the book's delights is its shifting moods and colors, which feel like the movements of an orchestral work. The textures . . . seem organically formed, as if waves and time had worn them down, yet the spreads are vivid and clean.
Publishers Weekly||Exudes a Chaplinesque charm, skillfully blending slapstick and melancholy
The New York Times||This is a profoundly welcoming book - fresh and full of adventure and sweetness - about how each of us has a story of our own to tell.
The Washington Post||Loneliness, longing and quirky collective nouns combine to endearing effect
Wall Street Journal||A gloriously imaginative, beautiful book
Angels & Urchins||A beautifully illustrated and poetic journey through the natural world, to discover groups of animals in oceans, rain forests and jungles. Mesmeric.
Huffington Post||A beautiful book
Irish Independent||This engaging and attractive exploration of collective nouns weaves a lovely story about a boy who

wants to belong. It follows his journey through a truly beautiful series of illustrations, reminiscent of

Where the Wild Things Are.
New Statesman||A visual treat exploring the curiosity and imagination of children
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