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Ten Tiny Things

by Meg McKinlay with illustrations by Kyle Hughes-Odgers

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Kyle Hughes-Odgers
About the Book

It was a red thing. It was a sparkly thing.
It was a tiny, tiny thing

Tessa and Zachary have a machine that is swift and splendiferous. Every day it carries them from here to there and back again in cool calm comfort. But one morning, the machine breaks down. Tessa and Zachary are forced to venture into the world beyond its metal walls – a place of secret somethings and hidden happenings. Getting from here to there may never be the same …

We’re loving the new Ten Tiny Things (August 2012) blog. Meg and Kyle are asking all teachers, students and anyone else out there with a camera, a pencil or a descriptive turn of phrase, to contribute to their game of “Things We Would Never Have Seen If We Had Been Driving”. Check it out

Praise for Ten Tiny Things
‘The illustrations make this book irresistible.’ Herald Sun

‘I love everything about this book, the theme, the alliterative and well-sculptured language, and the colour scheme used in the illustrations as well as the innovative illustrative style.’ Magpies

‘What really grabbed me about this book is the art style, I have never seen anything like this before.’ Sarah Mayor Cox, La Trobe University Lecturer and reviewer on ABC Regional Radio

‘The children’s journey from insulated car dwellers to open-hearted explorers of the world around them is rendered with
sympathy and insight. Very highly recommended for ages 3 to 8 years.’ Child Magazines

‘Recommended for children aged five and up, Ten Tiny Things will certainly be treasured by younger readers.’ Bookseller+Publisher

‘McKinlay’s alliterative, rhythmic text is a pleasure to read aloud and artist Hughes-Odgers’ enigmatic, acrylic on-board paintings in subdued tones resonate with and enhance the story.’ The West Australian

‘I totally appreciate Meg’s voice in this book – it’s gorgeously-crafted and a delight to read. Illustrations by Kyle Hughes-Odgers are strikingly different and as enticing as chocolate.’ Book Capers Blog

Ten Tiny Things is a children’s book, but its appeal spans all age groups.’

‘I loved everything about this book and just read it at a story time session for under 5s. They loved it.’ Weekend Courier

‘Recommended.’ Reading Time

‘Succinct sentences, alliteration, and rhythm give McKinlay’s story a folk-tale feel, and this is mirrored in Kyle Hughes-Odgers’s distinctive illustrations.’ Australian Book Review

Children's Picture Books
Publication Year
Fremantle Press

Winner, SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, 2013

Picture Book
Height x Width mm
230 x 238
Sample Chapter
ten tiny samples.pdf
Teaching Notes
Ten Tiny Things WEB.pdf
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