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Written by Kelly Canby


Rodney spends most of his days looking up. Imagining, for hours, what a life high among the treetops would be like and how it would feel to be so … tall.

Rodney is a small tortoise with a BIG dream. All he wants is to be larger. Then one day, Rodney’s dream comes true – or does it? It’s all a matter of perspective!

'Kelly Canby has created a beautiful story in a simple, thoughtful way both with her words and pictures. The message is subtle but powerful, perfect for children aged 3 to 5 ... Rodney will be a welcome addition to any kindergarten or community library and indeed any home collection.' Buzz Words

'Where to start? With the quirky colourful collage illustrations or the cleverly crafted story of perspective? Or the lovable hero?' Sunday Telegraph

'Highly recommended ... Wonderfully bright illustrations by Canby invite readers to look more closely at the forest and its animals … I love the subtle humour ...' ReadPlus

'The bold illustrations of Rodney, his mates and their forest home bring to life this story with some important messages about not comparing your life to that of others and that happiness can be a matter of adjusting your own mindset.' West Weekend Magazine




Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book (2020)

ISBN 9781925815320 (Hardback)
9781760990497 (Paperback)
Formats Picture Book (305 x 210mm) (Hardback)
Picture Book (270 x 210mm) (Paperback)
Categories Children's Picture Books
Affordable paperbacks
New Releases
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2019
Pages 32
Rights World
  • Kelly canby 2019 for web

    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