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Written by Kelly Canby


When bricks start to go missing from the town of Littlelight, the mayor whips his citizens into a frenzy of aggravation. But when the townspeople find the thief, and her motive, they discover perhaps it is the mayor who is the problem.

Illustrated in moody black and white with dynamic neon highlights, this is a thought-provoking tale of tolerance and acceptance.


'Kelly Canby’s distinctive scribbly illustrations are enjoyably tactile and energetic … With this work, author–illustrator Canby further confirms her reputation as an innovative and thought-provoking storyteller.' Books+Publishing

'This little book packs some serious themes about keeping an open mind, staying connected, limiting elected authority, and the power of one person to make a positive difference.' Magpies

'Parents, teachers and kids will all find different things to appreciate in this timely and visually striking picture book …' Weekend West

'Along with the brilliant artwork, the repetition of text and sophisticated vocabulary is intriguing for curious minds and will leave readers enlightened.' Kids' Book Review

'Striking illustrations complete this quality picture book.' Pinerolo

'Littlelight reads like a fairy-tale; this timeless quality gives it an authority and a gravity that suits its serious subject matter, while the resolution and artwork keep it always optimistic.' Picture Book Parents


Western Australian Premier's Book Award (Shortlisted 2020)
Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book (2021)
West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (Shortlist 2021)
Children’s Peace Literature Award (Shortlist 2021)
ISBN 9781925815764 (Hardback)
Formats Picture Book (295 x 225mm) (Hardback)
Categories Children's Picture Books
New Releases
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2020
Pages 32
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    Kelly Canby

    Kelly Canby is an internationally published illustrator and author. Kelly was born in London, but has lived in Australia since the age of three, which is probably around the same age she started playing with pencils and crayons, and it was probably only a few years after that that she decided playing with pencils and crayons was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Read more